The PACE Team

The PACE Team is truly multi-national from across Africa and the world! Led by Nike Jonah the team is passionate about creating networks across the world to grow and develop creative industries in and around the continent of Africa.

Mark Antony Dobson

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is currently the Programme Manager for the Pan-African Creative Exchange, a freelance Theatre practitioner and producer primarily working under the artist collective Vukallective for the past six years. He holds an MA in Post Modern Dance theory and the Grotesque Image from the University of the Free State South Africa. He has produced work around South Africa since 2014. In his spare time, he creates content and YouTube videos. Most recently, Mark won the award for Best Dance Debut Production at the Vrystaat Arts Festival.

Jenni-Lewin Turner

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has maintained a long portfolio career as an international creative producer, cultural broker, consultant and curator. She holds an MA in Cultural Leadership and also an MA in Media Practice for Development & Social Change.  She is the founding director of Urbanflo Creative, a socially engaged collective of arts professionals who share a vision of equity and empowerment - supporting marginalised communities and humanitarian causes through arts and culture.  Jenni has devised and delivered numerous multi-artform projects designed to establish an innovative, creative platform to connect communities across traditional, geographical, cultural, generational, social and economic divides. 

Isobel Hawson 

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

Ricardo Peach

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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 the Australia Council. 

Nike Jonah

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is the Executive Director of PACE, Nike is also the Director of Connecting Dots, an arts consultancy that works with a range of clients across the arts and creative sectors. For almost a decade she developed and produced four editions of the Arts Council England’s Flagship Diversity initiative, Decibel Performing Arts Showcase. Nike 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 during her extensive travels across the globe, including North America, Europe, Africa and Australia. Nike is a Boards Trustee for The European Cultural Foundation, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, The Royal Africa Society and The Bush Theatre.

Erwin Maas

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is a New York-based theatermaker, educator and international arts advocate from the Netherlands. He has worked extensively in Australia, South Korea, Europe, South Africa and the USA. Erwin is the Co-Founding Director of PACE, 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 2016-2020, he was Artistic Director of the International Society for Performing Arts and from 2010 to 2014, he 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.


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Khoekhoegowab: Vrystaati di Dī//khasib !Gâi!gâisens ge #an!gâs tsī !gôasiba Khoe-San Khoena ra mâ. Nē khoen ge //în aboxan !na /gaisa #goms tsī !hû//arede! kho/gara hâ,nâu khoen !hūb din /khas khami.

Afrikaans: Die Vrystaat Kunstefees erken en respekteer die Khoe-San van die Vrystaat en die diep geestelike verhoudings wat hulle met hul voorouers, hierdie land en sy mense het.


English: The Vrystaat Arts Festival acknowledges and respects the Khoe-San of the Free State and the deep spiritual attachment to their ancestors and relationships they have to this country and its people.

Sesotho: Mokete wa tsa Bonono Freistata o ananela le ho hlompha morabe wa Khoe-San wa Freistata, le kamano e tebileng ya semoya eo ba nang le yona le badimo ba bona hammoho le dikamano tseo ba nang le tsona le naha ena le baahi ba yona.