The Vrystaat Arts Festival, the initiator of the Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE): Entangled, forges creative connections with Afrikaans, English and Sesotho cultures and other national and international creatives. Due to the outbreak of the world COVID -19 pandemic, the Vrystaat Arts Festival took most of its 2020 programme online.
The pandemic has not stopped the creative output of artists, and as a festival, we have a responsibility to provide platforms and safe spaces for creatives online through initiatives such as PACE Entangled.
Many of our international partners attended PACE Entangled as a precursor to the physical PACE planned for 2022, which aims to increase the global reach of the interdisciplinary creative arts industries in Africa, to contribute to the development of future work from the continent.
PACE Entangled facilitated connections between the growing creative and cultural industries in Africa and international partners worldwide, to reinforce a world class, online business-to-business event that reflects the wider, global cultural significance of the creativity of Africa.
The artists from Africa and the diaspora, selected by an international panel of experts, are of cultural significance to the international arts sector. It is our hope that having these artists present work under the PACE Entangled platform will ensure that their work reaches international festival directors, cultural agencies, cultural attachés and arts programmers.
This platform has increased their regional and international profiles, touring and business potential and has widened the reach of the local art sector.
PACE Entangled incorporated the eight aspects of PACE through innovative online thinking and restructuring including:
+ showcases focusing on excerpts of tour-ready work + showcases focusing on excerpts of works in progress + new work pitches + producer shadowing and exchange program + critical debate/round-table discussion sessions + networking programmes + marketplace + PACE New Voices