Arts Need Support

| May 20, 2015

Performing arts have the potential to help in the achievement of one the National visions.

Officiating at the central region contemporary music and DJ competitions in Francistown on Saturday May 16, a saxophone artist, Dave Bestman said with the right conditions and mindset, performing arts have the potential to achieve the envisaged prosperous, productive and innovative nation.

He said government has put in place legal frame work such as National Policy on culture to create a conducive environment for all Batswana in the development of the art sector.

“The Government of Botswana through the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture (MYSC) continues to give prominence to the development and promotion of the arts with its various programmes,” he said.

Bestman urged artists to take part in the competitions and motivate other upcoming ones and inspire them to better position themselves for the future.

He appealed to the private sector to consider investing in the arts as they (arts) area fundamental contributor in the diversification of the economy.

He encouraged the artists to produce thrilling performances that are competitive in the international markets.

“This requires commitment, passion and willingness to learn more about the current trends in the sector and there is also need for high levels of discipline amongst you,” he said.

Bestman said artists should understand themselves and focus on long term goals and sacrifice certain things that bring joy in their lives.

He noted that it would be a great pleasure to see more of Botswana artists making inroads both locally and internationally. He also encouraged the artists to graduate from performing as backtrack artists to live performances.

MYSC official, Master Johnson urged artists to take arts seriously as they can make a living through them. Johnson said artists should take their work seriously in order to excel.

He observed that though other skills such dance, music, poetry are developing it seems writing is still lagging behind.

Johnson urged those who will not do well in the competitions not to despair but focus on improving in the future.

The theme of competitions was Towards Artistic Excellence by 2016″. The Central Region is made of Central, Francistown and North East Districts.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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