Rosemary Mangope

Chief Executive Officer
National Arts Council (NAC) 

Rosemary Mangope was appointed CEO of the National Arts Council of South Africa in 2013. She holds a Masters of Social Sciences and an Honours Degree in Sociology from the University of the North West and speaks 7 of South Africa’s 11 official languages

Her 30-year career spans the arts, business, and social and community development.

In the mid-80s she played a central role as the founding Executive Director of the Mmabana Cultural Foundation in the North West Province, making use of theatre, dance, sports and art to build self-esteem among children and communities.

In 2009 she was Acting Deputy Director General at the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) and, prior to that, was the founder and Chief Director of the Arts, Social Development and Youth Division at the DAC in 2005.

During her tenure to date the NAC has further broadened its international remit, driving the Canada Stage: Spotlight on South Africa season, which will see over 60 SA artists performing and presenting a range of work in Toronto in April 2015. This builds on the unparalleled success of the South Africa-France Season 2012/2013 when 115 projects took place across SA, and over 250 projects and events took place in France. The NAC and ASSITEJ SA also announced a flagship three year partnership in 2014, leading to the hosting of the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress in Cape Town in 2017.

Symposium Session: Support from the industry

Friday, 04 September