We proudly wear the accolades that showcase our impactful contributions to the creative landscape and economy. The recognition we have received for our community collaborations, sustainable initiatives, and skillful stakeholder management are achievements that underscore our commitment to excellence and innovation.
In September 2018, we proudly received the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Human Rights Award from the National Arts Festival, sponsored by the Embassy of the Netherlands. This prestigious recognition highlights our commitment to using the arts for social change, especially in rural communities. Our work in making the arts more accessible and our history of HIV & AIDS activism in the early 2000s were key factors in earning this accolade. It's a testament to our ongoing dedication to positive societal impact through the arts.
In 2019, a standout moment was the success of the 5th My Body My Space: Public Arts Festival (MBMS) in Emakhazeni. Despite our relatively short time there, we proudly contributed over R2 million, marking a significant achievement. MBMS is more than an event; it's a force for creating jobs, boosting the local economy, and building connections between rural and urban areas. The festival's international recognition brings creative attention to rural Mpumalanga. MBMS consistently supports local employment, tourism, and empowers emerging artists, making performance opportunities more accessible. This achievement reinforces our commitment to making a real and positive impact on local communities and the artistic landscape.
In 2021, FATC earned distinction as the Provincial "Centre of Excellence," recognized by the Mpumalanga’s Department of Culture, Sports, and Recreation (DCSR). This acknowledgment highlights our pivotal role in shaping and advancing the cultural and artistic landscape in the region.
Our achievements are evidence that
FROM FORGOTTEN SPACES COMES GREATNESS!
Since our establishment in 1995, FATC and our collaborating artists have garnered extensive national recognition, including the esteemed Standard Bank Youth Artists Award on three occasions and multiple FNB Vita and Gauteng MEC Awards for Best Choreography and Outstanding Presentations of Original Works. Notable accolades in more recent years further underscore our dedication to artistic excellence and innovation. Here's a glimpse into our journey of commendations and honours:
Southern African Association of Youth Clubs
FATC was awarded the Southern African Association of Youth Clubs (SAAYC) Dream Builders Award for our significant contributions to Arts and Culture.
Business and Arts South Africa (BASA)
FATC received BASA's Cultural Tourism Award in collaboration with The Gooderson Kloppenheim Country Estate, recognising our joint commitment to enhancing cultural experiences in tourism. The award highlights our positive impact in attracting visitors and contributing to the overall enrichment of the tourism landscape.
As a recognized Provincial Centre of Excellence by the Department of Culture, Sports, and Recreation (DCSR), we are entrusted with implementing the provincial strategy to develop Community Arts Centres (CACs) in Mpumalanga. This aligns with the province's development plan to strengthen the Arts and Culture ecosystem, promote cultural enrichment, and benefit local communities.
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