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About the Team

PACE Directors

Nike Jonah, Executive Director of PACE, is the Director of Connecting Dots, an arts consultancy that works with a range of clients across the arts and creative sectors. She developed and produced the Arts Council England’s Flagship Diversity initiative: Decibel Performing Arts Showcase (for 9 years). She is a Visiting Research Fellow at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 2017 – 2019. As a keen champion for Diversity and Equality in the Arts, Nike has led numerous discussions and workshops in USA, South Africa, Canada, UK, Denmark, Australia and The Netherlands. She is a Boards Trustee for The European Cultural Foundation, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and The Bush Theatre.

Erwin Maas is a New York based theatermaker, educator and international arts advocate from the Netherlands. He has worked extensively in Australia, Europe, South Africa and USA. Maas is the Artistic Director of the International Society for Performing Arts, Artistic Associate & Director of the Fellowship Program for the International Performing Arts for Youth, and Programming Director for the Off Broadway Origin Theatre Company. From 2010 to 2014, Maas was the Director of Performing Arts for the Cultural Department of the Royal Netherlands Embassy & Consulates in the USA. Erwin is a core-member of Theater Without Borders, and member of Georgetown University's Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics. – www.erwinmaas.com

Dr Ricardo Peach is the Director of the Vrystaat Arts Festival, a multi-artform festival in Mangaung, South Africa. He developed and is the Co-Director of the Programme for Innovation in Artform Development at the University of the Free State, partnering with the Vrystaat Arts Festival. Previously he managed the Capacity Development Program at theAustralia Council[


Isobel Hawson is a freelance arts consultant and producer and Director of On Tour Ltd., a national and international arts consultancy. As a senior arts manager she has extensive knowledge and experience in theatre, arts funding, participatory arts projects, organisational development, project management and strategic planning.


PACE Coordinator

Reabetswe Mokone is currently the Creative Producer of The Public Art Project and Administrative assistant of the Pan African Creative Exchange (PACE), both of which are initiatives by the Vrystaat Kunstefees/Arts Festival. She has opened for acts like The Soil (2014), Mafikizolo and Francois van Coke (2015), Mi Casa and Freshly Ground at the Kovsies Beyond Borders: XeNOphobia Concert (2015). She has been a Judge at Poetry slams like “The Right to Slam” 2016 and “Bloem Youth Poetry Slam” 2017. She has also worked with the Gender and Sexual Equity office of the University of the Free State (UFS) to help organise a UFS Pride week for the University which took place in August 2017.




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