Sihlanganiswa Ziinkonjane/The Swallow Partnership

Port Elizabeth, The Athenaeum, 7 Belmont Terrace,

The Swallows Partnership / Sihlanganiswa Ziinkonjane is an international partnership based in the arts and culture – between the North East of England and the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Its immediate objective is to develop a mutually agreed programme of arts and more broadly cultural projects between artists, organizations in both provinces starting from 2008 to 2014 including the celebrations of South Africa’s 20th anniversary since the first democratic elections in 1994, with a further phase of activity to 2020 being researched.

The Partnership was formalised in a signed Memorandum of Understanding between the Premier of the Eastern Cape and the Chair of the Association of North East Councils (ANEC) on February 28th 2008 and renewed at a meeting of the Honourable MEC Xoliswa Tom and the new Chair of ANEC Cllr. Paul Watson in April 2010.

The programme to date has included exchanges; teaching and training; commissions and productions; festivals; placements and residencies – within areas of co-operation, including:

Arts and Culture.
Museums and Heritage.
Film and Media
Libraries and Archives
With special emphasis on:

The role of culture in economic and social regeneration
The role of the arts culture in education.
Training in cultural leadership and management.
Resources are raised in both countries by two Foundations, Isiseko Senkonjane and The Swallows Foundation UK that are also responsible for delivering the programme.

Bantu Mtshiselwa, Gcobani Poltini, Professor Peter Stark OBE

The Athenaeum, 7 Belmont Terrace,
Port Elizabeth, 6001
South Africa

PO Box 71652,
Central Hill,
Port Elizabeth,

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