Artists and the economy was discussed on the second day of the fourth African Union Pan-African Cultural Congress, with speakers calling on governments and private sector leaders to invest in the arts and heritage as a means of uniting Africa through its diversity. N’Goné Fall says artists are visionaries. “An artist is about education, capacity building, empowerment, et cetera. Artists are probing political issues, spiritual and cultural issues. They rely on history in order to inspire the present, the future.” (Image: Media Club SA) Melissa JavanThe impact artists made on the economy was one of the topics discussed at the fourth African Union Pan-African Cultural Congress (PACC4), running from 25 to 27 May at the Sandton Convention Centre.This congress, which promotes diversity, is a partnership between the South African Department of Arts and Culture and the African Union Commission; its theme is “Unity in cultural diversity for Africa’s development”. Cultural leaders from across the continent are discussing how Africans can connect and improve their economies.N’Goné Fall is an independent curator, art critic and cultural engineering consultant. She spoke about the lack of government investing in contemporary and modern arts, yet internationally there was a huge market for it.“Europe and the United States have the biggest auction houses and art fares in contemporary and modern art. This boosts the economy, but does not affect us [Africans] locally, because artists are going as individuals to Europe,” she said. “The artists are not seen [by the government] as important and [are] still seen as entertainers.”She knew of many top South African and Nigerian scholars with PhDs in history of art, but who lived in the US. “Their research grounds are that side. We have not training grounds for them here, so now there are teaching that side. And it’s a pity.Artists as visionaries“African governments and the African Union need to realise that they should make art and culture as a component of importance.”Fall saw artists as visionaries and activists. “An artist is about education, capacity building, empowerment, et cetera. Artists are probing political issues, spiritual and cultural issues. They rely on history in order to inspire the present, the future. They are change agents.”Mike Dada, the president of the All African Music Awards, reminded the audience that Africa had a lot to offer the world. The “African brand”, however, was created by Western media and observers. “Often times their facts are out of context and distorted. Through that lens [of Africa] we mostly see hunger, war poverty, hopelessness, et cetera.”He asked the audience, packed as it was with African leaders and representatives, whether they wanted to continue to have others telling African stories, or whether they were “ready to tell our story”.“The global village, the people, the investors, the young and the old, everyone from different walks of life, they want to listen to African stories.”Telling our own storiesUsing visuals of leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe, as well as of hungry children, Dada added: “Our people all contribute to the perception of Africa.”Dr Webber Ndoro of the African World Heritage Fund said that heritage must be a cornerstone of sustainable development in Africa. “Heritage provides potential to create dialogues between developers and communities.”Although tourism played a huge role in heritage being a cornerstone, locals did not benefit much, he said. His statistics on tourism’s share market showed that 72% went to international companies and less than 5% went to local communities.“If we look at Victoria Falls and Livingstone as an example, of the 29 hotels and lodges in the area only five of them buy from the local communities,” said Ndoro. “We are trying to improve it. That’s why we are targeting individuals and families.”Of the 1 007 properties listed as World Heritage sites, he added, only 89 were in sub-Saharan Africa. The process of nominating a heritage site for the list took two years. “Besides lack of interest, there is a lack of capacity for African governments to compile a heritage site to the nomination list.”The objectives of the congressAccording to the African Union, cultural experts, policy makers, members of the private sector and civil society organisations working in the arts and culture sector are attending the congress. Its objective is to take stock of the challenges and record good practices on harnessing cultural diversity to enhance development.Specific goals include:Facilitating the exchanges of ideas and experiences among arts and culture professionals, researchers, creators/producers of culture, decision/policy makers in the area of cultural diversity in Africa;Gathering inputs and best practices for the formulation and implementation of cultural policies and programmes in Africa in the area of cultural diversity;Mobilising partners to engage in private and public partnerships for the finance the cultural sector;Accelerating the implementation of the Plan of Action on cultural and creative industries as a tool for the creative economy and sustainable development;Organising a thematic exhibition on African shared values and the spirit of pan-Africanism to showcase Africa’s creative and cultural potential with a view to boosting sustainable development; and,Providing pointers for the development of the first 10-year implementation plan for Agenda 2063 as it pertains to Aspiration 5 and related focus areas and flagship projects.The union said cultural diversity was critical “in the sense that the achievement of the Agenda 2063 vision for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa will depend on the capacity of Africa to overcome the continent’s major post-colonial conflicts by bridging the gap between cultures and promoting mutual understanding among peoples”.
Share This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX is undoubtedly a special one as we once again dust off the blue blazer and step behind the SATURDAY SIX News Desk. It has been a whirlwind of theme park related news lately. Our long national nightmare is over as purple MagicBands are available for your WDW resort stay, Disney started a new subscription service themed to the Haunted Mansion for the low low price of just $200 (oh, and it has already sold out), the Orlando Eye did its first baby reveal, and a worker at Art of Animation was caught on video using a dirty mop to clean a table. That was just the tip of the iceberg.So – as usual – we took a page out of our old college playbook, chugged down a case of 5 Hour Energy, and pulled an all-nighter, cramming as much information as we could into our tiny brains so that we could report back to you, Dear Reader, with all the relevant facts (and before we forget it all tomorrow). So sit back, know that you are getting all the news that’s fit to print (and plenty more that’s not), and let’s begin our countdown starting with…–# 6 – That sound you hear? KONG IS COMING.As Donald Trump would say, it was a yuge week of King Kong news over at the Universal Orlando Resort. As theme park merchandise fanatics, we loved that a whole bunch of new merch arrived for the upcoming Skull Island: Reign of Kong attraction. Then, Universal dropped a bombshell with their reveal of the incredible ride vehicles along with a couple other tasty tidbits: This would be Universal’s first trackless ride system, and the vehicles would be “driven” by one of five characters. While Universal hasn’t released an official opening of the attraction yet, we have a sneaking suspicion we may hear something around the time the Syfy show Face Off features an entire episode (the season finale no less) dedicated to creating characters for the attraction. Stay tuned Wednesday, March 30th at 9PM EST on Syfy.Universal’s Kong is almost here, but Disney has Avatar and Star Wars in the near future…. (photo by Matt Cleary)–# 5 – SeaWorld Admits to Ordering Employees to Spy on Animal Rights GroupsReaders of the SATURDAY SIX may remember one of last year’s annual Turkeys of the Year awards went to a SeaWorld employee who was caught spying on the animal rights group PeTA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). At the time, SeaWorld management was shocked, SHOCKED at this behavior and put out the story that the employee had gone rogue. Fast forward to this month and during another disastrous investor’s conference, SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby admitted that employees did go undercover in animal rights groups and, more importantly, did so per order of the company.Believe it or not this was the most “wow” SeaWorld story of the week until the atomic bomb the company dropped Thursday morning announcing they were ending the breeding of Killer Whales and will also be ending all the theatrical shows featuring orcas (to be replaced by exhibits).Disguised as famous YouTube personality Tim Tracker, Shamu himself was able to go completely unnoticed within the PeTA ranks. (photo by Michael Sheehy)–# 4 – StoryMaker Debuts at It’s a Small World“Do you believe in miracles?” – Al MichaelsOriginally slated to debut with MyMagic+ several years ago, StoryMaker was probably the thing the majority of Disney guests were most excited for. By reading information off our MagicBands, this was the technology that was going to let meet and greet characters like Talking Mickey or the Disney Princesses know our names before they met us. It was also going to be used in attractions around the park, including It’s a Small World. Years ago, the idea was that guests would be able to design a IASW-like character at home, and then come to the Magic Kingdom to see it displayed on a screen at the end of the ride. As we all know, that didn’t happen, but just this past week – out of nowhere – screens at the end of IASW started to display the names of guests. Thankfully theme park bloggers, the real heroes, were immediately called into action and shared their story with the world.The bad news? The screens may already have been turned off. C’est la vie.One day you too, Dear Reader, may see your own name inside a Walt Disney World attraction…just pray it isn’t Stitch’s Great Escape. (photo by Banks Lee and Matt Cleary)Theme Park Bloggers, is there anything they can’t do?–# 3 – New Chocolate Based Restaurant to Debut in Universal CityWalkAbout a week ago, the wrestling world was buzzing that a WWE Hall of Fame was going to open at Universal CityWalk, replacing NBA City. This didn’t make too much sense for Universal, as WWE business ventures outside their core business of professional wrestling have been some of the biggest financial flops in modern times (including the XFL and The World restaurant in Times Square). There is also the elephant in the room of WWE’s biggest demographic, which traditionally do not have the type of household income that a family needs for a theme park resort vacation (which is one of the reasons why wrestling has a hard time getting – and keeping – big name advertisers despite great TV ratings).Well, turns out the “exclusive story” wasn’t true at all and Universal themselves unveiled what is actually coming to CityWalk: The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium. One part steampunk, one part Willy Wonka, and one part Cheesecake Factory, The Toothsome Chocolate Factory looks to continue Universal’s hot streak of great restaurants including Red Oven Pizza Bakery, Antojitos, and Vivo Italian Kitchen. The restaurant promises unique twists on your standard restaurant menu (steak, seafood, pasta, burgers, etc) but it also looks to debut the first ever E-Ticket milkshakes.The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium becomes the most unfriendly Twitter name for a restaurant EVER. (photo courtesy of the Universal Orlando Resort)Seriously, look at those shakes!Is that an actual cupcake on the top of a milkshake? Yes, yes it is. We are truly #blessed.Okay, who wants to get chocolate wasted?!Disney Springs will not be taking this news about Toothsome lying down. Look for exciting gastro counterpunches soon!–# 2 – 1 if by land, $2 if by RESORT FEE.The world of theme park social media was rocked earlier this week when word got that some Disney guests were receiving a survey that asked questions about resort fees. Now we all know – and despise – hidden resort fees. They’ve become so commonplace at hotels that it has become like baggage fees at the airlines, you know that, no matter what you are going to get screwed. Disney has always had their resort fees built into the cost of the room, so you pay one cost upfront and don’t have to be nickel and dimed over amenities such as parking, wi-fi, and even MagicBands.The survey threw out the number of $15 for a resort fee at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort or the BoardWalk. Included within this $15 fee would be: Disney’s Magical Express, MagicBands, Priority FP+ planning, WiFi, Extra Magic Hours, and parking at the resort and theme parks. Basically, everything you are getting now. Now many in the community – such as Pete Werner of the DisUnplugged podcast say that this is Disney just softening the blow for announcing resort fees that are surely coming. Others, such as Josh EasyWDW say resort fees are “absolutely 100% not coming to the WDW resorts.”While certainly not everything Disney puts into surveys comes to fruition, a similar survey came out last year tossing out the idea of tiered ticket pricing, something which Disney put into reality on February 28th.“How much is your penny candy?” “Surprisingly expensive.” – The Simpsons–# 1 – Walt Disney World Testing Preferred ParkingNot a good week for those hoping their Walt Disney Resort vacation would become cheaper. At both the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, Disney tested premium parking for a fee. Many other theme parks, including Universal, already offer “up charge” parking that allows guests to park closer to the parks. This test by Disney rolls out a few months after testing paid parking at some of the WDW resorts. Unlike the resort fees mentioned above, this is an up charge that probably wouldn’t affect the average guest. Many people use Disney transportation to get to the parks, and for those that drive their own vehicles the actual distance between the regular parking areas ($20) and the premium parking ($35) is not all that big.Possible DHS parking on a peak day (photo by Michael Sheehy)–UPDATE: Early reports of preferred parking have guests not exactly lining up to pay for the shorter walk to the parks. We’ll see how this changes when more guests understand what preferred parking includes and if Disney cuts down on the amount of trams to “encourage” the upgrade.EPCOT preferred parking. (photo by Brandon Glover)EPCOT preferred parking. (photo by Brandon Glover) So there you have it: The SATURDAY SIX News Desk once again delivers all the news that is fit to print (and even more that isn’t). See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan)If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:SATURDAY SIX News Desk: January 2016 (FP+ Line Starts Here!, Star Wars Land, Pizza Planet refurb and more)Six Things We Wish Theme Park Fans Would Stop Complaining AboutInaugural 2015 Theme Park Awards (AKA ” The Burgys”)Six Great Souvenirs From the Universal Orlando ResortSpecial Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, master photo manipulator Matt Cleary, noted rabble rouser Michael Sheehy, the great Banks Lee, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and Brian Carey.It truly takes a village.
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does not store the network without a ticket can be opened, and to ask for the consumer, not to invoice like online shopping has become "unspoken rule"
on the Internet to buy more than 40 thousand yuan performance tickets, the site promises to invoices, but from the beginning of last year to this year, has not yet seen…… 17, a Guangzhou company manager Miss Lin suffered this angry complaints to the Yangcheng Evening News: "they repeatedly reneged, say never materialized. This is a contempt for the interests of the vast majority of consumers! This must change the atmosphere! "
in the online shopping tide raging like a storm today, Miss Lin encountered problems to point straight online shopping, online shopping invoice, a ticket is hard
to the Yangcheng Evening News complaints in February 6th Miss Lin, the national development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Finance and other eight ministries issued "notice" relevant work on promoting the healthy and rapid development of e-commerce, the "notice" that will carry out the network in Beijing, Guangzhou and so on more than 20 City this year (Electronic) invoice application pilot, from the national problem specification level online shopping invoice. Visible, the seriousness of the issue of online shopping invoices has attracted close attention.
website invoices are mostly "hard to get a vote"? This alleged tax evasion can run amuck?…… Yangcheng Evening News reporter has launched an investigation in recent days.
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Miss Lin, who had been living in since the end of last year, has been buying a variety of performance tickets at the famous ticketing website, "barley", since she was working in Beijing. Beijing performance tickets are all invoices, tickets and performances are sent at the same time, very convenient."
last year, Miss Lin also began to return to Guangzhou to live through the barley net buy tickets, but she was surprised to find that, all tickets are not delivered to the invoice. "I’m calling barley, and they say all the tickets for the show will not be available until the show is over."
"maybe just two different workflow", the beginning of Miss Lin did not put this thing on the heart, has been patiently waiting. But then, she bought more and more votes, but never seen a ticket.
these invoices are not invoiced, Miss Lin has retained all. The reporter saw in Miss Lin, the earliest tickets in March 26th last year, a piece of the latest is January 14th of this year, a total of more than 43000 yuan fare. Miss Lin in the print orders, most of them have a clear explanation: to the invoice, the rise of × ×…… Guangzhou Railway Station before the invoice will be sent together with the courier arrived, etc..
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