An African-European Research about Arts and Development
Edited By Wolfgang Schneider and Daniel Gad
Drama in South Africa.Perspectives for Cultural Policy Strategies
This chapter aims to give a panoramic view of the dramatic arts and theatre practices and their perspectives on cultural policy strategies in South Africa. The major objective is to avail cultural activists/planners, arts managers, policy makers, economists, and other role players with a theoretical framework on how to formulate the cultural policy strategies in South Africa in order to avail the multi-racial community the joy of sharing the clustering of cultural values as they relate to theatre practice. The chapter demonstrates how to navigate and balance the delicate equation of cultural planning in a diverse country like South Africa. Right from the onset, it is necessary to state that any discussion of artistic practices and the formation of a cultural policy strategy in a multilingual and multicultural society such as South Africa must be done with caution in a manner akin to eating cooked rice that contains tiny fine stones. There can be no meaningful discussion of theatre practices and their relationship with conceived cultural policy that must ignore the necessity of navigating the parameters of the “rainbow” structure of the South African nation. In this respect therefore, our discourse, rather than be prescriptive, shall take a narrative slant in a bid to address the contexts of inclusivity and social cohesion. Before delving into the issue of cultural policy as it affects the discipline of theatre, it is pertinent that we take a cursory look at theatre practices in the nation from the pre-colonial times...
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