U.S. Embassy Welcomes Minnesota Orchestra To South Africa

The United States Mission to South Africa is pleased to welcome the Minnesota Orchestra to South Africa, as it embarks on its Music for Mandela tour across the country.  As part of its Mandela Centenary commemorations, the Embassy is delighted to have provided support for the orchestra’s tour, the first ever tour of a full ...
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Forty-Six South African Mandela Washington Fellows Head To The United States

Forty-six young South Africans will travel to the United States to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship, which aims to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young leaders from across Africa with the American people, and with each another. During their six-week visit, 28 U.S. universities will host 700 Fellows from sub-Saharan Africa for ...
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The Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts Honors South African Artists

Media Advisory April 20, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   The U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town was honored to participate in this year’s Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts gala on Saturday, April 14, 2018. This year’s gala, held at the recently inaugurated Zeitz MOCAA, honored six extraordinary South African artists:  Basil J.R. Jones and ...
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Peace Corps South Africa Welcomes New Volunteers

Excitement was the order of the day as 33 new American Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn-in during a special ceremony at the U.S. Community Center in Pretoria on Monday, April 16. This 37th cohort of volunteers arrived in South Africa in January before embarking on an immersive 10-week training schedule that included training in language, ...
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American Puppeteer Enthralls South African Audiences

The United States Mission to South Africa and its Regional English Language Office hosted world-renowned American Arts Integration and English Language Specialist Karen Konnerth for a series of puppet performances for primary and high school students in Pretoria and Durban.  She also held workshops for teachers in Polokwane, Lyndhurst, and Benoni. Konnerth is a visual ...
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U.S. Embassy Transports Students To Wakanda

As part of a response to the #BlackPantherChallenge, an ongoing campaign to take young people to watch the inspirational Black Panther superhero film in cinema, the U.S. Mission to South Africa hosted 120 young leaders to watch a special screening of Black Panther at Brooklyn Mall on Human Rights Day, March 21. Young leaders from ...
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U.S. Embassy & Market Theatre Commemorate Black History Month With South African Premiere Of “One Night In Miami…”

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce its support for the production of One Night in Miami… at the Market Theatre, February 2-25, 2018.  To commemorate Black History Month, recognized each year in February, the U.S. Embassy has partnered with the Market Theatre in Johannesburg to deliver high-impact and thought-provoking drama to South African audiences. ...
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Meet our AlumnU.S. Benjamin Jephta 

Are you a musician? Keen to collaborate with artists from around the world? Then WATCH as our Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn meets Benjamin Jephta, a South African jazz prodigy, who went on the > OneBeat  exchange program to the U.S! In this episode of our Meet The AlumnU.S. series,  Benjamin Jephta shares more about his journey and what inspires his ...
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U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg Awards National Children’s Theatre Grant

U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg awards National Children’s Theatre grant for ‘A Short Cut to A Short Life’ Media Advisory November 20, 2017 As a part of the U.S. Mission to South Africa’s support of South Africa’s efforts to combat HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence, the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg has awarded the National Children’s Theatre ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn Presents Grant to the Southern African Music Rights Organization for Preservation of Indigenous Music

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn co-hosted a signing ceremony with Southern African Music Rights Organization (SAMRO) Foundation Managing Director André le Roux to celebrate the launch of an Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant totaling $88,179 to the SAMRO Foundation.  The ceremony took place at the legendary Orbit Jazz Club in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on ...
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South African “Hometown Heroes” Receive Recognition for Community Building

Media Advisory | July 5, 2017 In partnership with SONY Pictures South Africa and e.tv, the U.S. Mission in South Africa recognized young South Africans making a difference in their communities on July 3 with an exclusive premier of the movie Spider-Man: Homecoming. Through a campaign on e.tv, Sony Pictures asked young South Africans making ...
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U.S. Mission South Africa Hosts American Film Showcase Filmmakers for Encounters Documentary Festival and Film Premier

Media Advisory | June 1, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce the visit of Emmy-nominated film producer Carolyn Hepburn and social innovation strategist Lina Srivastava May 31 – June 10, 2017.  The filmmakers are participants in the U.S. Department of State’s American Film Showcase, which facilitates “film diplomacy” by funding ...
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New Look and New Programs for America’s Historic Library in Soweto

On April 20, U.S. Consul General Christopher Rowan, of the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, hosted a reception to officially re-open the Consulate’s Rosa Parks Library & Innovation Studio in Soweto following a nearly four-month refurbishment project. At the reception, the Consul General reflected on the library’s more than 40 years of impact on Soweto’s ...
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American Jazz Fills the Streets of Cape Town

The U.S. Consulate General Cape Town brought American musician Nat Adderley Jr. to kick off this year’s Jazz Appreciation Month by participating in a panel discussion “on “The Music Business ” at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), conducting workshops with young musicians around the city, and performing in and around in Cape Town ...
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U.S. Ambassador Gaspard Presents Liliesleaf Farm with an Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Grant to Conserve Rare Documents from Liberation

U.S. Ambassador Gaspard Presents Liliesleaf Farm with an Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Grant to Conserve Rare Documents from Liberation Media Advisory October 12, 2016 Ambassador Gaspard presented Liliesleaf Farm CEO Nicholas Wolpe with a U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant totaling $103,329 at a signing ceremony in Rivonia on October 12.  Liliesleaf ...
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Ambassador Gaspard Celebrates Carnegie Hall Music Project in South Africa

Press Release Embassy of the United States 877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria Monday, June 6, 2016 For More Information: Katleho Mogase | USEmbassySAPress@state.gov                                           Ambassador Gaspard Celebrates Carnegie Hall Music Project in South Africa An affair of music, talent, and cultural exchange have brought together the interests of Carnegie Hall, the U.S. State Department and Strive Masiwa ...
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US ambassador on the politics of performance and theatre

Rebecca Davis | Mail & Guardian | June 7, 2016 The social media savvy Patrick Gaspard talks about his love of Jo’burg and how the US can learn from SA how to discuss racism frankly. Gaspard as diplomatic as ever United States ambassador Patrick Gaspard swoops into a boardroom at Cape Town’s Cape Grace hotel, full of apologies ...
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American and South African writers share their stories in Kimberley and Cape Town

The creative writing communities in Cape Town and the Northern Cape city of Kimberley enjoyed a visit by award-winning American authors, poets, and playwrights in February 2016. Brought together by the Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) with support from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Consulate in Cape Town, the delegation engaged with ...
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U.S. Embassy and the Market Theatre collaborate in production of “A Raisin in the Sun”

The United States Embassy provided a grant to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg to produce a month-long (23 performances) run of Lorraine Hansberry’s canonical play “A Raisin in the Sun,” a story whose significance remains relevant today. “And it happens time and again in this extraordinary play, things are said that could be here, now, ...
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Celebrating Black History Month with Performance of “A Raisin in the Sun” at Market Theatre

Media Advisory               Embassy of the United States Tuesday, February 9, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information: Cynthia Harvey: harveycr@state.gov The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria is sponsoring the South Africa premiere of “A Raisin in the Sun” at the historic Market Theatre in Johannesburg.  The play is directed by James Ngcobo and will be performed throughout February as ...
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The Hōkūleʻa Arrives in Cape Town

On Saturday, November 14, Ambassador Gaspard, Consul General Teddy Taylor, Archibishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and Reverend Mpho Tutu welcomed the Hōkūleʻa to Cape Town.  The Hōkūleʻa — a 40-year-old traditional Hawaiian sailing canoe – is in the midst of an epic around-the-world journey using no modern navigation equipment. Its Hawaii-based crew relies instead on a ...
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Call for Proposals: U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

The U.S. Mission to South Africa is calling for proposals for projects to preserve cultural heritage. Intentions to submit a proposal are accepted until December 10, 2015.  Shortlisted institutions will be invited to submit final and complete proposals by January 15, 2016.   The U.S. Embassy South Africa and the Cultural Heritage Center of the ...
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The Market Theatre’s “I Almost Remember, a Tribute to Maya Angelou” Dazzles Audiences in Johannesburg

The U.S. Embassy sponsored a one-night performance memorializing American author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer Maya Angelou, who died on May 28, 2014.  In partnership with the historic Market Theatre and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the U.S. Embassy celebrated the life of Maya Angelou in an original production “I Almost ...
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Alvin Ailey dancers teach technique and confidence to South African dancers

“Dance comes from the people and should always be delivered back to the people.” –Alvin Ailey ‪#‎AlvinAileySA‬ ‘s Glen Allen Sims started his master class at Bapedi Hall by teaching Ailey’s iconic ‘Revelations’ and ended by learning the Pantsula. And THAT is cultural exchange at its finest (and most entertaining). Funding for Alvin Ailey American Dance ...
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Hope Ripples Across the Generations

In partnership with Luthuli Museum , the U.S. Consulate hosted a July 22 screening of the documentary “A Ripple of Hope:  RFK in the Land of Apartheid” at the Catalina Theater on Durban’s scenic Wilson’s Wharf.  A large crowd including youth leaders, students, civil society members, municipal officials, historians, and business people turned out for the film, which was followed by a panel discussion with co-producer Professor ...
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Step Afrika! Steps it Up in Cape Town

From June 29 – July 4, the American dance company Step Afrika! took South Africa by storm, teaching and performing in the Mother City.  They electrified young and old with the American dance form of stepping.  After a youth camp, two free performances for the general public, and three exhilarating live appearances on national television, ...
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An American Rapper Rhymes Her Way Through the Eastern Cape

Dessa — a rapper, singer and wordsmith from Minneapolis, Minnesota— touched down in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on May 11, 2015 to spend a week teaching and performing in communities in the Eastern Cape.  She gave writing workshops to high school students, held discussions with emerging creatives about making a living as an artist, and engaged on issues around ...
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JAZZ – A Global Unifier

People from across South Africa joined international visitors in the Mother City to hear some of the world best musicians at this year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival.  Now in its sixteenth year, “Africa’s Grandest Gathering” once again demonstrated that jazz is a true global unifier.  Consistently hailed as America’s greatest musical contribution to the ...
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“Separate Is Not Equal”

The exhibition brings forth the parallels between the South African Apartheid laws and the American Jim Crow laws and their psychological effects on the oppressed The longtime debate of whether separate facilities could truly be equal was the topic of conversation on March 18 at Mphabatho Cultural Museum in Moruleng.  Several members of the Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela ...
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From Selma to Soweto: U.S. Filmmaker Shares Documentary to Mark 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa

Few people know the role American grassroots activists played in the anti-apartheid struggle.  For that reason, the U.S. Mission to South Africa invited award-winning American filmmaker Connie Field to South Africa from August 11- 22 to tour the country showing her 2010 film Have You Heard From Johannesburg and to engage with a broad cross-section ...
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Cape Town Consul General Erica Barks-Ruggles Welcomes Chicago Children’s Choir to the National Arts Festival

On July, 3, Cape Town Consul General Erica Barks-Ruggles helped to welcome the Chicago Children’s Choir to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. It was a rousing performance that celebrated the cultural diversity of both countries. Read the Consul General’s remarks below: “Wow! What an amazing performance! With talent like that, it’s easy ...
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“The Stars of American Ballet” Appear on the South African Stage

For the first time in over 30 years, a team of American ballet stars brought their unique brand of classical ballet brilliance to the South African stage with The Stars of American Balletpresented by ballet entrepreneur Dirk Badenhorst. Consul General Miller delivered welcoming remarks for opening night of the 5-performance run at the Teatro at ...
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The Art in Embassies Program Brings South African and U.S. Artists Together

On June 5, 2014, U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard welcomed a delegation of American and South African artists to Cape Town to engage with local communities through the medium of art. The trip was sponsored by the State Department’s Art in Embassies program in order to bring the arts alive for local residents and to provide ...
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Jackson Katz: “Gender Violence is Everyone’s Problem”

[not sure of exact date of publication] “Violence against women is not a women’s issue. It’s a men’s issue.” This was the heart of Dr. Jackson Katz’s message during his recent visit. The internationally recognized American author, filmmaker and cultural theorist traveled to South Africa to share his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education ...
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South African Premiere of The Forgotten Kingdom

“Powerful … a lyrical and beautifully told story … stunning mountain scenery and absolutely authentic Basotho characters … the first movie I have seen that does not depict poverty in a negative way.” These were some of the comments from guests at the April 9 premiere of “The Forgotten Kingdom,” a film shot in South ...
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African-American History Month

On February 27, Consul General Earl Miller hosted a reception to mark the end of African-American History Month. The trailer of “Standing on my Sisters’ Shoulders”, Laura Lipson’s moving and award winning documentary on the contributions of unsung women heroes of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s was screened to ...
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Consul General Miller Attends Launch of Photographs in Black and White

Consul General Miller attended the launch of the U.S. State Department sponsored exhibition, Photographs in Black and White: Margaret Bourke-White and the Dawn of Apartheid in South Africa, at the Bensusan Museum of Photography, Museum Africa, in Newtown, on January 11.  The exhibition is curated by Alex Lichtenstein, Associate Professor of History at Indiana University. ...
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US Envoy Inspired by SA’s Struggle

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | ASSOCIATED PRESS | November 9, 2013 9:09 AM Originally published by Associated Press » JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The new United States ambassador to South Africa says he was a “young kid” when he first met Nelson Mandela, who traveled to the U.S. a few months after he was released from jail in 1990. Patrick Gaspard, now 46 ...
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