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The website is an open access internet platform for sharing academic research, founded by Richard Price circa 2007. Academics from all disciplines can upload papers to the site, where they may be accessed by other academics, professionals, and students.

According to the website, it had 242 million users by 2023, with 140,000 people joining each day.

Web address:

For more on the project, see Richard Price. 2020. The Story of on the website [1]

The The Adelphi Theatre Calendar

The Adelphi Theatre Calendar is a project of The London Stage 1800-1900: A Documentary Record and Calendar of Performances, founded by Joseph Donohue (University of Massachusetts Amherst) and James Ellis (Mount Holyoke College) in 1973 to organize and collect information about the variety of theatrical and theatre-related activities occurring in London over the course of the century.

The General Editors of the London Stage 1800-1900 selected the Adelphi Theatre for the first calendar as there were sufficient playbills and programs to produce a detailed record of theatrical activity. Subtitled "A Record of Dramatic Performances at a Leading Victorian Theatre",

There are two versions of The Adelphi Theatre Calendar, the Online version[2] and the 14 volume Book version.

Website address of the Online Version:

Aerodrome Aerodrome is a website that publishes interviews, reviews, extracts and original creative writing, with a strong emphasis on literary fiction, memoir and current affairs from South Africa, the UK and the Commonwealth. Among them interviews with playwrights, etc.

The African Film Database

The African Film Database is a digital catalog of films from and about the continent of Africa. It is an ongoing collaborative project which is updated on an ongoing basis, and its aim is help researchers by consolidating as much information as possible on individual films. The database is searchable by country, year, director and theme.

Web address:

The African Women Playwrights Network

According to its website[3], African Women Playwrights Network (AWPN)is a research platform that takes the form of a virtual community of female creative practitioners living in Africa or from the African diaspora.

The aims of the African Women Playwrights Network project are:

1 To facilitate research, debate and encourage the dissemination of creative practice produced by female creative practitioners living in Africa.

2 To enable the African women practitioners to disseminate their work more widely and thus become more visible to theatre or festival programmers, educators, and others.

3 To enable creative practitioners to connect with one another and so share good practice.

4 To enable professional theatre makers (directors, writers), organisations and researchers to access African women practitioners so that they can better understand the work, choices and new developments these artists are exploring; and to explore the implications of artists' creative practices with them, particularly with regard to developing wider awareness of contemporary gender issues specific to various African contexts.

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Afrikaanse Kontemporêre Drama Argief (AKDA) The Afrikaanse Kontemporêre Drama Argief ("Afrikaans contemporary drama archive") or AKDA is a digital archive of play texts written since the 1970s in Afrikaans, founded by playwright and producer Deon Opperman and funded by the Dagbreek Trust.

The name also found written as Afrikaanse Kontemporêre Drama-argief.

The twofold aim is to collect as many as possible of Afrikaans dramas, and especially unpublished texts, in order to preserve them and make them digitally accessible internationally for performance, study, research and publication.


See Afrikaanse Kontemporêre Drama Argief

Artefacts Artefacts: the Built Environment of Southern Africa is a site that contains information about the Southern African Built Environment, and those people and institutions who created it, including people involved in the arts.

The Arterial Network Bulletin The Arterial Network Bulletin is a newsletter published by the Arterial Network secretariat and sent to subscribers free of charge, providing information on various aspects of arts and cultural activities in Africa.

(See the entry on the Arterial Network)

Arts for Action

Arts for Action is a London-based global network of leading practitioners drawn from across the performing arts, media and development sectors. According to its website, they seek to work together, to deliver the very best arts and communication for social justice, positive change, activism and development. It thereby implements projects for good governance, justice, human rights, conflict resolution, sexual and reproductive rights, public and environmental health, and is dedicated to the most effective application of innovation in the arts to create change – at personal, social, and political levels.

Membership includes cultural activists with Southern African links like Mike Van Graan, Robert Maclaren, Nosiphiwo Samente, James Cuningham, Mncedisi Baldwin Shabangu, Nicho Aphane


The website and newsletter A website which distributes SA arts, culture and entertainment news.

(See the entry on

The artSMart website and newsletter A website which distributes arts, culture and entertainment news about KwaZulu Natal. (See the entry on artSMart)

ArtsVark arts portal ArtsVark is an online arts portal dedicated to supporting the South African arts scene with news on theatre, dance, music, fine art and more. (See entry on ArtsVark)

AusStage online resource AusStage is the acronym for The Australian Live Performance Database, which collects and shares information about Australian live performance as an ongoing, open-access and collaborative endeavor. Intended as an accessible online resource for researching live performance in Australia, it was developed by a consortium of universities, government agencies, industry organisations and collecting institutions, with funding from the Australian Research Council and other sources.

AusStage contains a great deal of information about South African born performers and theatre makers, as well as South African plays.

The Australian Variety Theatre Archive website An online archive on Popular Culture Entertainment in Australia: 1850-1930. Extremely useful for information on Australian touring companies, performers and texts in the given period, many of them active in the other colonies, including South Africa.

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