Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge

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Founding and aims

("Federation of Afrikaans Cultural Organisations"): Founded in Bloemfontein in 1929 as **?. Changed??*** name to Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge. The aims were to coordinate and activate all Afrikaans cultural organisations, and to maintain and promote the Afrikaans culture and language. Over the years the F.A.K. acted as guardian of and spokesman for the Afrikaans cultural establishemnt. By the 1990s it had grown to such a position of strength that it had approximately 3000 affiliated bodies, and 28 000 individual members.

FAK and theatre

Among its various projects over the years have been a variety of conferences on arts, language and theatre, a variety of language and music festivals and the production of a film on Afrikaans, called Doodkry is min ("Never say die"). In the 1930s it also sought to organise the chaotic Afrikaans professional theatre through two projects.

Toneelbond

In 1936 it sought to unite the various professional theatre companies in a national body called the Toneelbond. At a meeting of representatives the Rev. William Nicol was elected as chairman and a memorandum was produced calling for collaboration between companies, the creation of a sense of solidarity, the rating of plays and the need to free theatre from the overly harsh entertainment tax.

Toneelburo

In 1937 they created a Toneelburo to implement the plan by selecting plays and organising professional tours. This initiative failed to lead to a union however, because of a lack of cooperation by the companies themselves. (See also Toneelbond)

Sources

FCL Bosman, 1969, the F.A.K. brochure , Binge 1969, * [LO]


For more information

Go to the website http://www.fak.org.za/

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