Cultural Exchanges

The Cultural Affairs Office in the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy offers the following cultural/arts programs designed to enhance mutual understanding among the people of South Africa and the United States of America:

Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP):
Supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 100 developing countries around the world. AFCP-supported projects include the restoration of ancient and historic buildings, assessment and conservation of rare manuscripts and museum collections, preservation and protection of important archaeological sites, and the documentation of vanishing traditional craft techniques and indigenous languages.
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American Music Abroad:
American Music Abroad artists represent the new generation of musical ambassadors; reaching beyond concert halls to interact with other musicians and citizens around the globe. During 2013 and 2014, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will partner with American Voices to send 10 American roots music groups in different genres. The groups will travel to more than 40 countries, including South Africa, to conduct public concerts, interactive performances with local musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, and jam sessions with diverse audiences. American Music Abroad activities focus on younger and underserved audiences.
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The Arts Envoy Program:
This program shares the best of the U.S. arts community with the world to foster cross-cultural understanding and collaboration and to demonstrate shared values and aspirations. American arts professionals — including performing artists, visual artists, poets, playwrights, theatrical and film directors, curators, and others — travel overseas to conduct workshops, give performances, and mentor young people. Programs seek to connect with international publics who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage with American arts professionals.
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