Companies That Offer Discount Cork Flooring

Cork flooring is gaining notoriety when it comes to flooring of homes owing to the green revolution along with the much elegance that it provides. Though homes are some of the most lucrative investments one can have, every potential investor is looking to access discount cork flooring for their homes. Kitchen tiles are no exemption to this trend and identifying hefty discounts is key to ensuring that you attain maximum elegance at an affordable price.

A crucial step in ensuring you that you access the best and affordable prices for cork kitchen tiles. Forna cork flooring is one of the companies with a longstanding reputation in production cork tiles that are both best in design and durability while retailing at affordable prices. Basing in various forms of cork flooring, kitchen cork tiles are also a big specialty that Forna cork flooring prides itself in. applying German technology in production of this company provides some of the most recognized cork flooring products worldwide. This commitment to quality and safety has been instrumental in seeing Forna cork flooring products receive honorable certificates of exemplary performance in both the United States of America and even Europe. If you are looking for reputable companies that offer admirable discounts on cork kitchen tiles then Forna cork flooring should top your list of searches.

Build Direct is also a company that specializes in production of building materials of high quality together with discount cork flooring. This company enjoys recognition for a number of flooring materials coupled with exemplary service that is bound to guarantee high customer satisfaction. Having established its branches in several parts of the world, purchases are sure to be delivered on time at specified locations which will save you the hustle of shipping and transportation if you are located far from the major store rooms. Discount prices from this company are lucrative with up to 80% of the prices cut off to ensure you get the best cork tiles for your kitchen an affordable price. This company also provides a thirty day money back guarantee in the event that the delivered materials are not of the quality envisioned by the customer together with paying the return shipping.

Icorkfloor is reputable company that one may wish to consider in accessing cork kitchen tiles of high quality and durability at affordable prices. With its numerous offer of different colors and designs discount cork flooring is a plus in many dimensions and prices per tile are slashed off after some coupons have deducted. Customers can enjoy prices as low as $0.88 per tile. Being one of the most trusted and oldest stores dealing in discount flooring customers are able to get direct discounts from the factory on branded flooring. Prices are generally fixed at wholesale and high speed shipping. The company also provides hefty discounts that culminate into unbeatable prices for anyone wishing to purchase their goods together with free expert advice to allow you get the best flooring materials for your needs. If you are looking for a service to change the look of your home, then you need to choose the best company.

Common Problems In Website Design

In recent years, companies specializing in website design have been realizing great profits, and their success continues to grow at a rapid pace. There is good reason for this continuing upward growth trend, given the changing mechanics of doing business and the way in which the world wide web now figures into the business equations of every major company around the world. Web page design is an intimate part of creating an online presence for a company or business, and when done right, it dramatically increases the exposure of the company to the public, but when done wrong, it can cause a great deal of irritation or annoyance among potential customers.

One mistake that many companies make when creating or commissioning their websites is to include PDF files. Of course, the creators of those web pages feel justified including PDF files because they feel that there is too much important information to be effectively conveyed on a regular web page and hence the page is created in the PDF format. The problem with that, however, is that most internet users do not appreciate being directed to a PDF page because it interrupts the flow of their browsing experience. A much better way to go about providing the information is to create a web page with a summary of the information, and including a link at the top of the page that allows users to download the PDF file if they wish, instead of incorporating it as a web page.

Formatting of text content is often also a big issue with poorly designed websites. Visitors to websites are usually looking for information presented in a manner that is easy to take in at once, without the need to bring too much focus or attention to bear on it. Some websites, however, have large blocks of text on their web pages, which will immediately cause most visitors to the site to lose interest.

Advertising is another common area of difficulty when it comes to commercial websites. Many websites make use of advertising in order to generate revenue, and many services that would otherwise require users to pay are free because of the revenue generated by advertising. Some sites go overboard, however, and place so many advertisements on their websites that the site content is almost overwhelmed by the advertisements. In addition, some websites also allow pop-up advertising, which most internet users really dislike. While a certain amount of advertising is understandable and acceptable, the amount should be minimized in order not to discourage visitors to the site from browsing through the site content.

The problems described above are really problems that can be easily avoided. It takes experience to recognize such problems, however, and most people without extensive experience designing and creating websites will not have the requisite experience to identify these problems. In order to ensure that your company’s website design does not suffer from similar problems, you should always engage a reputable web page design company to design and create your website. Of course, you will still retain full authority over how you would like the site to look, but the design company will be able to point out any flaws in the feature that you desire and suggest viable alternatives.

New York City: Take A Bite Out Of The Big Apple.

Take a bite, or many bites, out of The Big Apple. So we took the New Jersey Transit to New York City. The modern coach bus goes to the 42nd Street Port Authority. The Port Authority is one of the many hubs of ground transportation in NYC. Most of your major bus companies are located there and you can make connections with almost every subway line via a walking tunnel to Times Square. The rail hubs are Grand Central Station, connected by subway shuttle from Times Square, and Penn Station, a two-stop jaunt on the subway. The subway system in Manhattan is the quickest and most efficient form of transportation on the island, with stops within four to six blocks of each other. The system used to be confusing with many independent lines designated by different letters: IRT, BMT, etc. Today the various routes are designated by colors and either numbers or letters. A map shows all of the routes and their connecting points. The subways system today is very easy to follow. It is also safe, contrary to some people’s perceptions. Here are a few little known facts about the system. The tunnels go at least eight stories below the ground. There are miles of mazes even under the tubes themselves, where the homeless have made their homes. On one of the lines from Manhattan to Queens, the tracks literally ride on water under the East River. Even engineers do not know how to correct the problem. The money collected at the ticket booths is sent by a special train which travels the system. The trains are very long, at least ten cars in length. Most of the cars have benches along the sides, which leaves most of the car for standing room. There are three exits on each side of the car, which allows quick entrance and egress. The riders are called strap hangers, because they hold on to straps hanging from the ceiling while riding. The newer cars post the next stop on signs in the car. Some even have a map of the route and the present location of the car lit up on the map.

The city of New York consists of five Boroughs: Kings (Manhattan), Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Richmond (Staten Island). All of the boroughs are connected by subway or train or bus, except for Staten Island which is serviced by the famed ferry. More about the different areas when we visit them.

Went for desert at Café Lalo, where part of the movie “You’ve Got Mail” was filmed. Then we walked up Broadway to Fairfield Market, a few blocks South of World famous Zabars, a grocery and kitchen appliance store (but so much more: an experience). I was surprised by the variety of fresh produce and meats, fish, and poultry and relatively low prices. The aisles are very narrow in the store, due to the fact that space is at a premium in Manhattan. Buy an unlimited Metro Pass, $21.00 for the week, and hop on a Downtown bound bus on Broadway. Downtown means towards the Battery, the Southernmost point of Manhattan.

Uptown is Northbound and Cross-town is either to the East River(East Side) or the Hudson River(West Side). What a wonderful and safe way to see the city. We passed by Columbus Circle, the edge of Central Park, Julliard, Lincoln Center, the Theater District, and of course glitzy vibrant Times Square. The bus then turned East on 42nd Street and passed by the Public Library, Grand Central Station, and ended at The United Nations Building.

As long as fate brought us there, we toured the famed United Nations building. Mati from Senegal in Western Africa, was our tour guide and was very knowledgeable about the workings of the UN. It is not the paper tiger that some people claim it is. It is a real forum for all of the nations of the world to discuss mutual concerns: military conflicts, land mines, disease, hunger, trade, etc. Perhaps the real tigers are the ones who want to control the other nations or make huge profits by fostering these problems. Some of the Chambers were in use, namely the Security Council, and the Council for Economic and Social Justice. They were in session.

The Lexington Avenue bus goes further Downtown. Along the way we passed Chinatown, the Bowery, Little Italy, skirted Greenwich Village, and ended at city hall. There are so many different types of restaurants in NY that you could eat at a different one every single night and not repeat yourself for your entire lifetime.

Today we rode the subways. First we went Uptown to the Northern tip of Manhattan to Tryon Park and the fort. This is the highest point on Manhattan, overlooking both the Hudson and the East Rivers. At the northern most point of the park is The Cloisters Museum. This unique museum consists of five medieval cloisters rescued from buildings being demolished in Europe, along with chapels and numerous artifacts. Some of the statuary was being used as scarecrows by farmers, while others were found in junk piles. One outstanding room is the Unicorn Tapestries, which tell of the hunt, death, and resurrection of the unicorn-a symbol of Jesus Christ. The tapestries contain over one hundred different species of medieval plants woven into the stories. They are just breathtaking not only from their beauty but also from the textures of the weave.

We went back to Times Square and then hopped on the route #7 subway to Queens and Flushing Meadows, the site of the 1963 Worlds Fair with its massive sculpture of the world. On either side of the train station are Shea Stadium, home of the NY Mets baseball team and Arthur Ashe Stadium, site of the US Open Tennis Tournament. Back on the train to Times Square and on to W route to Coney Island at the tip of Brooklyn. We ate a Nathan’s World Famous Hot Dog. It cannot compare to a Chicago Vienna Hot Dog. The amusement park was closed, open only on weekends while school is in session. The Cyclone, their famous roller coaster, had just closed up. Thank our growling stomachs for this lack of timing. It is open daily from 12:00 to 4:00. The coaster does not look like much. But looks are deceiving. This baby shakes, rattles, and rolls. I wanted to see if it still gave me the same thrills as the last time I rode it in 1963. But that was to be for a later day, which never came.

This day was reserved to visit the grand dame of New York City, the Statue of Liberty. Taking the train to Battery Park at the lower tip of Manhattan, we purchased our tickets at the Castle Clinton, once a fortress guardian for the harbor, then a concert venue (the American debut of Jenny Lind), then an immigration port of entry, and now the ticket office for our lady. Circular in design, it is only fitting that one must pass through a fortress to gain access to greet the great lady. On the fifteen minute boat trip to Governors Island it is easy to imagine the awe and deep feelings of overwhelming joy of the millions of immigrants who first envisioned her while sailing through the Verrazano Narrows into New York Harbor. The statue, donated by France over one hundred years ago, stands on another fort, one of five which guarded the harbor. The pedestal rises eleven stories and the lady herself stands one hundred fifty-one feet. Once again security is very tight and visitors are not allowed either in the museum, on the pedestal, or into the crown. But just being in her presence was as said in Hebrew, “Dayenu” (It would have been enough).

Embarking on the boat again we went to Ellis Island, built in 1892 to process the great flood of immigrants. Both of our ancestors arrived before that date, so they might have come through Castle Clinton, AKA, Gardens or a different port of entry. Charlie Walker was our Ranger tour guide. Once a drill instructor, he has a voice to match. He also missed his calling to the stage, because the tour he gave was more of a living presentation with a cast of characters than a boring recitation of facts and figures. He definitely loves his job. The experience of Ellis Island was reserved for passengers in steerage class. Remembering the movie “Titanic”, steerage was the lowest of the low. The passengers in first and second class were processed on board ship. After they disembarked, the ship proceeded to Ellis Island. There the steerage class ran the gauntlet of the eyes of the inspectors. I was reminded of the pictures of the holocaust where the prisoners were “selected”. If you walked funny, protested, or looked frail, your clothing was chalk-marked for further inspection and processing. Many of these people were fleeing tyrannical regimes and were terrified of uniformed men. Here in America they were being ordered about by more men. Families were separated, while the processing took place- men on one side and women and children on the other side of the room. The good news is that the process generally took less than five hours and only 2% of the twelve million immigrants were deported back to their home lands. The ones who remained took the trains Westbound out of New Jersey or stayed in NYC, digging the subways or other back breaking jobs.

Arriving back at Battery Park we walked to Broadway. At the entrance was the sculpture of the Peace Globe which stood in the World Trade Center Plaza. Miraculously it withstood the tragedy and is now at the foot of Broadway being kept vigil by an eternal flame. Although damaged, the globe still stands for peace in this world.

Walked through the financial district, which looks like a war zone, barricades and armed police patrolling the area. Our goal was Federal Hall at the corners of Nassau, Broad and Wall streets. Federal Hall was the first capital of the United States. Here Washington was sworn in as president and the Congress met. The building has long been torn down. In its place is a Neo-Classical designed building, Parthenon-like exterior and Pantheon-like interior. Used as a customs house and then as a depository for US gold reserves during the Civil War, it is now a museum remembering our first capital. One of their prized possessions is the Bible which Washington used for his inauguration (the one that President Bartlett wanted to use on “The West Wing”)

Walking down famed Wall Street, where never have so many been raped by so few (written over five years ago), we went into Trinity Church where many come to pray after losing their life savings down the street. Built in 1696, the church has withstood many Wall Street crashes. Notable people buried there include Alexander Hamilton and Robert Fulton.

Many people talked to us about visiting St. John the Divine Cathedral. Happily, we took their advice. Started in 1892, this Gothic house of worship is over two football fields in length. The cathedral is still unfinished, but is still spectacular. Each set of stained glass windows has a different theme: poetry, medicine, law, etc. Standing in the immense interior is a humbling experience not to be missed. Around the high altar are side chapels, one which is reserved for local artists to show their work. At this time the children from the Cathedral’s school have their artwork on display.

From St John’s is a short bus ride to Grant’s tomb, where he and his wife lay at rest. The interior is similar to Napoleon’s tomb in Paris. Mrs.Grant chose New York, because the people were kind to them after they had become penniless. The tomb sits high on the palisades overlooking Riverside Park and the Hudson River.

Adjacent to the tomb is Sukaru Park, so named because of the numerous cherry trees in the park, which were donated by the Japanese government. In the park is a statue of General Daniel Butterworth, the composer of Taps (remember Berkeley Plantation in Virginia). He is looking over to Grant’s tomb, keeping his eyes on that hallowed ground.

Across the street is Riverside Church, a Presbyterian Church noted for its grand carillon of over seventy bells. The nave of the church is Gothic in style, but not quite as large St. John’s. The Church is part of Union Theological Seminary, which is connected with Columbia University also present in the neighborhood.

Hopped on the train again to Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthplace. This is a large brownstone at 28 East 20th Street. The original house was torn down and a reconstructed one was erected according the similar design plans of others in the neighborhood. His sisters, still alive gave instructions about floor plans and the arrangement of furniture in the house, as they had remembered. Roosevelt, born in to a very wealthy family, suffered from asthma. After losing his first wife and mother within the same week, he moved out to North Dakota to find himself. There he rediscovered his love for nature and the independence of the common working man. To prove his virility, he longed for a war, which he got when the Battleship Maine blew up in Havana Harbor, Cuba. The Spanish were blamed for the sinking. He formed the Rough Riders in San Antonio, Texas, and the rest is history. Of his presidency he claimed that the building of the Panama Canal was his greatest achievement. Even though he was a war monger and empire builder, he is the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his help in ending the Russian Japanese War.

A short distance South is Greenwich Village, not quite the Bohemian atmosphere it was in the 60s. It is still a thriving area of restaurants, small theaters, interesting shops, and people watching. Washington Square, the quasi-official entrance to the area, still has its checker and chess tables set up with games constantly going on.

Stopped by Lincoln Center and bought tickets for the New York City Ballet’s Matinee Performance. Lincoln Center, at 64th and Broadway is the Performing Arts complex of New York City. Flanking a beautiful fountain, which has been a focal point in many movies are the Metropolitan Opera House dead ahead, Avery Fisher Hall on the right, home of the New York Philharmonic, and New York State Theater on the left, home of the New York City Ballet. Just outside of the horseshoe is Julliard School of music.

Attended the Ballet. On the program were Concerto Barocco, Sinfonia, Symphony in Three Movements, and Carnival of the Animals. Music was by Bach, Stravinsky, and Saint-Saens respectively. The corps de ballet under George Balanchine was noted for its precision and beauty in the details and technique. Today that toe shoe should be handed over to the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.

A new production of an old ballet was on today’s schedule, The Carnival of the Animals. The choreographer is Christopher Wheeldon, a great talent at the age of twenty-nine. He asked John Lithgow, star of “Third Rock from the Sun”, to write a narrative for the ballet. Mr. Lithgow has written numerous children’s books and jumped at the opportunity. His story is of a young boy, Oliver, locked in a Natural History Museum for the night. The animals come alive, but they resemble people from his own personal life. The costuming give hints of the animals depicted and the narrative brings the different parts together seamlessly. Mr. Lithgow acts as the narrator and has the part of the Elephant, Oliver’s school nurse. This ballet is very entertaining, both in its humor and choreography.

Washington D.C. and Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown – Educational Tour

If an educational travel group is bound for Washington D.C. and the educators wish to expand that group’s exploration of our nation’s history, a visit to Virginia is in order. Just 2 ½ hours south of Washington D.C. by bus, Early American history awaits in Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown Settlement.

In 2007, Historic Jamestown celebrates its 400th Anniversary of the settlement of the English Colonies. This year kicks off many living history programs that explain the early colonial era from diverse perspectives. Even after 2007 is complete, many of these educational programs and exhibits will stay in place so the student traveler may learn from them, even if they do not make their visit during the 400th anniversary year.

The challenge for any educational travel company is how to make all of these destinations work for one student travel tour. For a four to five day tour, it takes advance planning and coordination to include educational tour highlights of Washington D.C. and Williamsburg & Jamestown in one tour — with many participants.

Here are some of the highlights I include in my company’s student travel tour of Washington D.C., Williamsburg & Jamestown:

Washington D.C.

Student travel groups enjoy a guided tour of the complete Washington D.C. area that includes sites such as The Capitol, The White House, the Lincoln Memorial, Supreme Court, National Archives and more. Students may also visit sites in Northern Virginia such as Mount Vernon and the Arlington Cemetery. As with all of our student travel groups, accommodations are in three diamond interior corridor suburban hotel, with 24-hour security provided.

Williamsburg Virginia

After two days of touring the Washington D.C. area, students embark on a short 2 ½ hour journey to Williamsburg Virginia to experience the colonial era with living history on the educational program. The Colonial Williamsburg complete sightseeing tour will include a visit to 18th Century historical buildings such as the Capitol and the Courthouse, the Public Hospital of 1773, Raleigh Tavern, and the Peyton Randolph House.

Jamestown Settlement Virginia

Jamestown Settlement is a recreation of the first English settlement in Virginia, Jamestown Island. Student travel groups will see replicas of the ships that made the journey from England: the Discovery, the Godspeed and Susan Constant. They will enter a living history exhibit of an Indian Village, and see a recreation of James Fort, where the colonists first lived. This interactive approach to history, called living history or even active learning by some educators, is a great way to engage students in learning about the colonial era.

The educational student tour of Washington D.C. and Williamsburg/Jamestown is balanced by fun and educational experiences. Students benefit from a guided tour of Washington D.C. and historic Williamsburg and living history educational programs at Jamestown Settlement. With this approach to educational travel, students are given a great learning experience as well as a trip to remember for a lifetime.

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What There Is To Understand About Travel Bus Tours

There are many exceptional travel bus tours that run in the great American cities of Washington D. C., Boston and Chicago. This is a good method for tourist to get to recognize a city. They come with excursion information specialist that is genuinely knowledgeable about the town and will explain all of the exciting facts about a specific region. These tours are generally economical and a wonderful way to travel.

One of the most typical tours is Washington DC, the capital of the United States of America. This is just about the ideal place to visit coming from tourists’ point of view. This interesting district is an illustration of years of historical information. It is a part of American history and is one of the most visited areas in the world. Besides it being the capital of U. S. It is the home of the first President of United states of America, George Washington. Washington DC can be found runs along the Potomac River and it is bordered by Virginia. It is also near Maryland.

The three branches of government operate here. All of this information is included in the bus tours. There is a lot of information that is given on these tours regarding the historical context of the area as well as how the government operations.

Washington D. C. Brings in tourists coming from all over the world. There is a plethora of great locations to visit. The monuments, cultural stores, museums, and cinemas and entertainment centers makes it an excellent place for taking in the sights. There is a lot of American heritage in the region with plenty of museums and historical government structures.

The district is filled with historic landmarks. The bus tour guides take their time to explain their importance. The National Mall is one of the most popular stops. A lot has happened in this location. Tourist get off the bus here and take a lot of pictures as it is a very significant monument in America.

The world popular Smithsonian Museum is situated in Washington D. C., and houses a collection of historical artifacts. People come from all over the world to go to this establishment. It also houses several other famous museums. You can literally spend several days inside exploring the artifacts.

The other museums give attention to a variety of subject matter. Many school trips also trip here on guided tour buses. There is the Natural History museum plus the Science and space museum which is another very popular destination. This specific section has so much to provide. It has a lot of cultural activities along with a lively night life. These bus tours usually go all around the city and tourist get a good idea of what the district has to offer.

Travel bus tours are really packed with a lot of information. The District offers several other attractions, it is a lot to see and do below. The best way to become a spectator of the popular, political, cultural and also diversity of DC is a sightseeing tour, and if the specific sightseeing tour could be in a Double Decker Bus that’s even better. This is a really fun way to explore the district.

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Business and Arts South Africa debuts exciting cultural tourism initiative

The pilot phase of artstourism.guru is a new online platform, which has been designed to integrate heritage and cultural experiences with South Africa’s well-established natural attractions.
Business and Arts South Africa debuts exciting cultural tourism initiative
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“BASA’s mandate is to act as a bridge between the business and arts sectors as a way of helping each one achieve optimal benefits from their partnerships,” comments BASA CEO, Michelle Constant.

“The tourism platform that is being developed for us is premised on the belief that arts and cultural tourism can create greater job opportunities, self-employment and entrepreneurship in both the cultural and tourism sectors. It also provides an excellent opportunity to promote South African culture both locally and internationally.”

The beta phase of artstourism.guru is built around arts festival mapping and links with nearby star-graded accommodation to deliver an immersive experience for culture-hungry travellers.

In time, artstourism.guru will include art galleries, museums, architectural landmarks, theatres and many other arts, heritage and entertainment attractions – creating an integrated tourist ecosystem with greater economic potential and benefits. The aim of the platform is to be a one-stop destination for those wanting to integrate the creative economy of the country into their tourism business or their tourism experience.

“Our presence at Indaba 2016 is intended to introduce the artstourism.guru platform to the tourism market and also to spotlight the importance of arts, heritage and entertainment to the overall experience being offered to tourists,” says Constant.

One of the categories in the 19th Annual BASA Awards partnered by Hollard and Business Day is the Cultural Tourism Award, supported by Nedbank, which recognises business support of public arts and culture projects which contribute towards the growth of communities and jobs, and support the opportunities provided by local tourism.

BASA is also using Indaba 2016 to get feedback on artstourism.guru, and cultural tourism in general, from participants on all sides of the tourism equation as it moves forward into the next phase of the platform’s design.

“We are very keen to explore partnerships and hope that we can support the conversation in geolocation-based regional tourism moving forward,” concludes Constant.

Special Award recipients honoured at 19th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard and Business Day

Design Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo, First National Bank, and the United States Embassy have all been honoured with Special Awards at the 19th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard and Business Day.
Special Award recipients honoured at 19th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard and Business Day

These awards are selected by Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Board of Directors and celebrate remarkable contributions by individuals, businesses, and organisations to the sustainability of South Africa’s arts. The awards further the core goals of BASA’s strategy: to act as a change-maker, and to facilitate connectivity and sustainability through robust and ongoing research and diverse public, private and civil society programmes.

Ravi Naidoo was named this year’s Art Champion, while the Chairman’s Premier Award went to First National Bank (FNB) for the FNB Joburg Art Fair. The United States (US) Embassy was honoured with the Diplomacy in the Arts Award for their support of the Market Theatre.

“This year’s Special Awards winners really are powerful endorsements of the ability of individuals, businesses and other organisations to make an impact on South Africa’s arts community, and highlight the extensive work that BASA is doing in creating exciting and innovative partnerships,” said Kwanele Gumbi, Chairman of the BASA Board. “We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations and deep appreciation to all three recipients for their role in arts sustainability across South Africa.”

The Diplomacy in the Arts award is given in recognition of Foreign Missions that contribute to the development and preservation of the arts in South Africa, as well as the continued prioritisation of cultural diplomacy between South Africa and the international community. Through its Cultural Affairs Office in the Public Affairs Section, the US Embassy offers cultural and arts programmes that are designed to enhance mutual understanding between the people of SA and the USA. In particular, the 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.

The Market Theatre has had a long association with the US Embassy. Over the past few years, under the Ambassadorship of Patrick Gaspard, it has been a generous supporter of the Market Theatre Foundation in particular and the arts in general. Financial grants have enabled the Market Theatre to carry out work at professional, student and community level and encourage the development of new young audiences through its support of the youth. Among recent projects supported by embassy grants were five professional productions (The Brothers Size, The Mountain Top, Ketekang, I Almost Remember and A Raisin in the Sun); a live performance of the multi award winning saxophonist, McCoy Mrubata, on International Jazz Day; first and second-year training of 33 students in the performing arts at the Market Laboratory’s Drama School; and the community theatre-based Zwakala Festival.

Art Champion recipient Ravi Naidoo is the founder of Interactive Africa and Design Indaba. Naidoo created Design Indaba in 1995 as a way to celebrate the creative potential of the new, post-apartheid South Africa and share this with the world. He also sought to educate South Africans by inviting the world’s leading designers in every field to South Africa to engage with design projects. The annual international event has grown to become the world’s leading design conference and has attracted much international attention to outstanding South African talent. Design Indaba has been recognised as having a positive effect on the South African design economy, with initiatives that accelerate and mentor emerging creatives. Naidoo was also the catalyst behind Woolworths and the Western Cape Government of Education creating a design syllabus at school level.

The Chairman’s Premier Award is made at the discretion of the Chairman of BASA and recognises sustained and extraordinary commitment to the arts in South Africa. This year’s recipient is FNB for the FNB Joburg Art Fair, which they created in 2008 in partnership with Artlogic. Now it is Africa’s leading art fair focused on contemporary art from the continent and diaspora, and each year record sales and visitor numbers reinforce the demand for an event where the continent’s artists, curators, collectors and enthusiasts can congregate. Having just wrapped up its ninth iteration, the FNB Joburg Art Fair continues to strengthen this position by presenting the finest contemporary African art alongside memorable exhibitions and groundbreaking initiatives. These include a series of curated special projects, a VIP Programme that has hosted top international curators and directors from institutions like The Tate Modern, Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou and CCA Lagos, as well as a Talks Programme that invites art-world figures, philosophers, and critical theorists to deliver key-note lectures and participate in panel discussions. The FNB Joburg Art Fair now also includes a programme of collateral events that take place throughout Johannesburg, with galleries, museums, arts organisations and artists collaborating to create a public focus on the city’s art scene.

The members of the BASA Board are Kwanele Gumbi (Chairman),Herman Bosman, Richard Cock, Michelle Constant, Mandla Langa, Hilton Lawler, Andre Le Roux, Khanyi Mamba, Gianni Mariano, Dorothea Moors, Carel Nolte, Mandie van der Spuy, Matthew van der Want, and Gail Walters.

Winners honoured at 19th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard and Business Day

Eleven projects were honoured at the 19th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard and Business Day, during an arts-filled event attended by representatives of the business and arts community, and by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, as well as the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom.
Winners honoured at 19th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard and Business Day
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Winners honoured at 19th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard and Business Day
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These prestigious awards celebrate exceptional projects that demonstrate the positive and sustainable impact of dynamic business and arts partnerships. It is also a moment for Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), which turns 20 next year, to reflect on the realisation of its core mandate, which focuses on change-making, connectivity and sustainability, underpinned by a body of research that grows every day, as well as diverse public, private and civil society programmes.

Winners in this year’s award categories provided inspiring and compelling insight into the role that the arts play in connecting people and enabling transformation – and the different ways that business can support this.

“As we move towards celebrating two decades of BASA 2017, I am proud of what we see coming out of the Awards. BASA’s support and involvement in the public and private sector demonstrates what can be done when we all work together,” commented Michelle Constant, CEO of BASA.

“We would like to congratulate this year’s winners and finalists,” added Heidi Brauer, Chief Marketing Officer at Hollard. “It’s always so rewarding to see the unique ways in which businesses partner with artists and art organisations to contribute toward a better society and we’re thrilled to play our part in celebrating these collaborations.”

“The shared value of the partnerships awarded tonight is visible for all to see and I hope that more businesses are now encouraged to partner with arts projects in the year ahead,” said Tim Cohen, Business Day Editor.

The 19th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard and Business Day, were held at Shine Studios in Braamfontein against the spectacular backdrop of the city. The evening’s performances and proceedings were propelled by this year’s theme of “creative furnace” and each winner received a unique ceramic fynbos artwork that emerged from a project that harnesses the transformative power of art and fire.

Under the guidance of artist Belinda Blignaut, the artworks were created by a group of amateur artists: Lucy Africa, Martha Nero, Jason Jack and William Jack. Blignaut explains that these artists “are part of a group that is using art therapy as a fine art, giving shape to the urgency for protest that so many communities are expressing on our national stage.”

Special thanks were extended to this year’s judging panel, which comprised Gianni Mariano, co-founder and CEO of the Mastrantonio group of companies, BASA board member and BASA Awards Chairman; Dali Tambo, media and heritage-tourism entrepreneur; Mandie van der Spuy, arts consultant and BASA board member; Kojo Baffoe, founder of Project Fable, Director at Kwaya Holdings and entrepreneur; Nicolette du Plessis, CEO of the Field Band Foundation; Theresho Selesho, Director, Business Development at Boondoggle SA and entrepreneur; Christina Kennedy, arts and culture journalist and commentator; and Fikile Moeti, 5fm DJ and social entrepreneur.

“The 19th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard and Business Day, really did showcase how the arts can be a tool for bringing about transformation, and how business can assist them in doing so,” concluded Constant. “Congratulations to all our winners and nominees.

19th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard and Business Day Winners

Innovation Award
Nando’s Chickenland (Pty) Ltd ¬– Nando’s Heartfelt Celebration of South African Design

First Time Sponsor Award
SA Taxi Foundation – SA Taxi Foundation Art Award

Increasing Access to the Arts Award
SAMRO & Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Concerts SA

Beyond Borders Partnership Award
ABSA – Barclays L’Atelier

Long Term Partnership Award
TOTAL South Africa (Pty) Ltd – The Buskaid Academy of String Teaching and Performance

Media Sponsorship Award
Radio Sonder Grense (RSG) – RSG Kunstefees 2015

Strategic Project Award
PPC Ltd – PPC Imaginarium

Small Business Award
Kirchhoff Professional Surveyors – Eland and Benko 2015 (#firegrazer) by Hannelie Coetzee

Sponsorship In Kind Award
Meropa Communications – Moving into Dance Mophatong

Development Award
Distell (Pty) Ltd – The Magnet Theatre Educational Trust Fulltime Training and Job Creation Programme

Cultural Tourism Award, supported by Nedbank
Transnet SOC Ltd – National Arts Festival

Extended closing date for South Africa’s premier Business and Arts Awards announced

With just two weeks until entries closed, the race to see which partnerships triumph at the 19th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard and Business Day, is gaining momentum.
Extended closing date for South Africa’s premier Business and Arts Awards announced
Entries into this year’s awards have now been extended to 20 June 2016, with the entry process made easily accessible through a streamlined online system. A dedicated point-of-contact at BASA’s Joburg office is also available to assist with any queries.

Over the past eighteen years, a long list of winners have benefited from the prestige that comes from being named a winner in South Africa’s leading awards event celebrating business and arts partnerships.

“We always aim to make our awards evening a fantastic night out for the business and arts community, , as well as members of the public sector” comments Michelle Constant, BASA CEO. “It’s the one time in the year that the many different ways that the two sectors create shared value is put in the spotlight and celebrated.

“More than that, though, the awards provide nominees with an opportunity to gain increased exposure and give the broader South African community insight into the innovative, exciting and creative ways that business partners with the arts community.”

In keeping with BASA’s reputation as a development agency with its eye firmly on the future, there are several exciting additions to the 19th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard and Business Day.

Among these is the Beyond Borders Partnership Award, which will be awarded to a global-level partnership that builds brand reputation and audience for both the business and an arts organisation across international borders. Another is the Cultural Tourism Award, supported by Nedbank, which recognises business support of arts and culture projects which contribute towards the growth of communities and jobs, and support the opportunities provided by local tourism.

“Our judges look at everything from innovation to sustainability and the shared value when assessing entries. We are really looking forward to seeing what kind of arts and business partnerships have emerged in the past year,” says BASA Marketing Manager Lakin Morgan-Baaitjies.

Please take note of the following:

Entries can be completed by the sponsoring business and/or the recipient arts organisation, but must be approved by both the business and arts partners.
To be eligible for entry, partnerships must have been activated between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015. Long-term or ongoing sponsorships current during that period also qualify for the awards.
The 19th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard and Business Day, cover a broad spectrum of the arts, including visual arts, dance, theatre, physical performance, music, architecture, fashion and design.
Entries close on 20 June 2016.

Innovation Award – This award recognises the most innovative and progressive partnership in all mediums of creativity; one that served all partners’ purposes effectively between January and December 2015, and highlighted creativity and originality in the process.

First Time Sponsor Award – This award is for a business supporting the arts for the first time, regardless of size, budget, whether it is CSI, marketing, HR, BBE or other.

Increasing Access to the Arts Award – This award celebrates a partnership that has encouraged specific audience engagement with the arts or has made a significant contribution to brand, market and audience development, while still promoting the business through above-the-line media or a partnership that has made a significant contribution to regeneration or sustainable growth, through a marketing and CSI budget or other.

Beyond Borders Partnership Award – Awarded to a global-level partnership that builds brand reputation and audience for both the business and arts organisations across international borders through an event or marketing project showcasing SA to Africa and the rest of the world, and/or bringing international arts projects to South Africa.

Long-Term Partnership Award – A company which has significantly developed and expanded its commitment to an arts project over three years or longer. The value to the arts project, the broader community and the business, must be apparent.

Media Sponsorship Award – For consistent and innovative support given by electronic, print, broadcast and web-based media.

Strategic Project Award – For outstanding initiative, with best use of a project, which is an integral part of the business’ strategy.

Small Business Award – For vital support given to the arts by a small company with up to 200 hundred full-time employees and an annual turnover of no more than R10m.

Sponsorship In Kind Award – For a company giving a quantifiable non-monetary support to the arts.

Development Award – For projects with an implicit educational and development element.

Cultural Tourism Award, supported by Nedbank – For business support of arts and culture projects which contribute towards the growth of communities and jobs, and support the opportunities provided by local tourism.

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