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Cornelia Faasen is the Director of the National Afrikaans Theatre Initiative (NATi). Previously she was the Director: Student Life at the University of the Free State and also acting Dean of Students.She has a Master’s degree in theatre studies and has a particular interest in theatre as alternative historical narrative

Ismail Mahomed is CEO of the Market Theatre and previously the director of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.Mahomed has worked in the arts industry for most of his professional life, including as a Senior Cultural Specialist for the US Consulate.As a practitioner he is an award-winning arts administrator, having won the Arts & Culture Trust Award for Arts Administrator of the Year, the Mpumalanga Premier’s Award, the Witbank Mayor’s award, and the U.S. State Dept Africa Bureau Award.He is also a prolific writer, critic and commentator on the arts and a playwright.

Rosemary Mangope was appointed CEO of the National Arts Council of South Africa in 2013.Her 30-year career spans the arts, business, and social and community development. Before joining the NAC,Rosemary was Divisional Executive: Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, where she contributed strategic leadership and guidance across the organisation’s widespread communications and marketing initiatives.In 2009 she was Acting Deputy Director General at the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) and, prior to that, was founder and Chief Director of the Arts, Social Development and Youth Division at the DAC in 2005.

Jerry Mofokeng previous Artistic Director of PACOFS and a SouthAfrican legend of the stage and screen who has appeared in a number of critically-acclaimed lms, including Cry, The Beloved Country; Mandela and De Klerk; and the 2005 Academy Awardwinning lm Tsotsi. He was also the host of the magazine programme Curious Culture. In 2006 he appeared in the mini-series When We Were Black and he played the role of Nkosi in the SABC2 drama series The Mating Game, in 2010.In 2013 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for acting at the 7th annual South African Film and Television Awards.
Gwendolyn Tietze is an accredited leadership coach and experienced arts fundraiser. She assists the development of individual artists and the resilience of organisations working with artists. Originating from Vienna, Austria, she lives in London, UK. She holds a doctorate in Historical Musicology from King’s College London. She is Lecturer in Professional Development at the Royal Academy of Music, and Chair of the charity Poetry London.

Jenni Lewin-Turner has maintained a long portfolio career as an international creative producer, cultural broker, consultant and curator. She is also the founding director of Urbanflo Creative – a socially engaged collective of arts professionals who share a vision of equity and excellence.The key themes of cultural mobility and the role of culture in displacement and diaspora have informed her recent practice, and she has devised and delivered numerous projects such as 6° International Exchange – designed to establish an innovative creative platform to connect communities across traditional, geographical, cultural, generational, social and economic divides.

Thoko Nogabe is the Free State PACC Chairperson, she remains an active board member at the National Arts Council (NAC), PACOFS and the Vrystaat Arts Festival. She is one of South Africa’s most dynamic dancers and choreographers and is an established full time Gospel Artist, reformed Art Developer and Art Activist. She is also an Events Coordinator. Her dazzling talent has taken her around the world and now she is nurturing talent in Mangaung. “As a youngster, I was besotted with the iconic Brenda Fassie,” she says. “What a thrill for me when I met her later in life. When I came backfrom London after 10 years, I was so privileged to strut my stuff with the likes of Sharon Dee of Local is Lekker fame,”.Nogabe first unleashed her dancing and singing potential when she was still at Vulamasango High School in Mangaung.


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