Oudtshoorn Municipality and Kunste Onbeperk partner to establish arts and culture academy

Oudtshoorn, 26 November 2018 – A long relationship between Oudtshoorn Municipality and the Kunste Onbeperk, a non-profit organisation that hosts one of the biggest art festival in the Country, the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) is set to yield good results as two, partner to establish an arts and culture academy in Oudtshoorn.

The Executive Mayoral Committee nodded to a report tabled this week detailing the concept of the arts academy which is aligned with the town’s long-term strategy called Vision 2030. This strategy is aimed at stimulating the economy and to create sustainable job opportunities,” said Lluwellyn Coetzee, senior manager responsible for Strategic Services. The plan is to be tabled before the full Oudtshoorn Municipal Council in its next meeting for final endorsement.

“A facility of this nature has been long overdue for Oudtshoorn which has managed to position itself as an art hub with the existence of the KKNK and other arts and culture festival that have over the years been hosted in our town,” said the Executive Mayor, Councillor Colan Sylvester.

“Our vision 2030 strategy places the Greater Oudtshoorn as a training hub with a variety of training institutions, the establishment of an Arts & Culture Academy therefore compliments our plan,” Mayor Sylvester added. 

Following Kunste Onbeperk’s request in 2011 to Council to utilise the Toekomsrus Community Hall as a training facility for arts and culture, the Municipality secured funding from the Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant from National Treasury to renovate the hall to be suitable a suitable training facility.

A memorandum of understanding which will be undertaken by the two parties, will give the detail and the nature of the arts and culture training that will take place at the envisaged arts and culture academy. 

The Municipality has furthermore also commissioned a scope study to scope to identify possibilities and future development of this center. Adjacent to the Toekomsrus Community Hall there an open space that can be converted to establishment of business activities and landscaping of the “kloof” to an open-theater and some sports or recreational outdoor activities.

The development of this center will include the establishment of an indigenous garden with pathways and seating areas in the open space next to the center. In addition the scoping study also highlighted the functioning of the newly constructed BMX track as important infrastructure to develop more sports infrastructure in the development of this precinct.     

Western Cape MEC for Cultural Affairs and Sport Minister Anroux Marais also pledged support for the project and possible funding towards the Arts and Culture Academy.

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