A partnership agreement between the North East of England (represented by the Association of North East Councils (ANEC) and the Eastern Cape of South Africa (represented by the Provincial Government of the Eastern Cape) To jointly develop and deliver:
Founding Memorandum of Understanding in English
A five year project in both countries developing friendship and co-operation between citizens through a programme centred on the arts and culture but planned to expand to other fields of activity over the period of the partnership.
The North East of England and the Eastern Cape of South Africa wish to develop a new understanding and co-operation between their peoples in the new situation created by the achievement of democracy in South Africa.
Based on the friendly consultation that has taken place, the Region and the Province hereby establish an agreement on friendship and cooperation and in accordance with the principles of equality and mutual benefits they agree to collaborate on projects – including exchanges, teaching and training programmes, commissions and productions, festivals, placements, residencies – within various areas of co-operation, including:
• Arts and Culture,
• Museums and Heritage
• Film and Media
• Libraries and Archives
• The role of culture in economic and social regeneration
• The role of culture in Education
• Training in Cultural Leadership, Management and administration
• Sport and Recreation
In order to promote co-operation in the fields mentioned above, the two parties will develop and put in place governance structures and other arrangements and means necessary to ensure a successful long-term, sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship.
The parties have agreed an interim statement of the underlying purposes of the partnership which is attached and will discuss and agree on a longer term and mutually acceptable implementation framework mapping the next stage of the way forward and identifying specific projects to be implemented between them.
The parties will extend their cooperation and will encourage cultural organisations and other civil society structures to establish mutually beneficial relationships in the spirit of the present declaration.
In particular, the two parties acknowledge and celebrate the intention of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality – with Arts Council England, the co-founder of the project – and the Tyne and Wear Local Authorities to develop annual programmes of work and exchange within the partnership
The parties will maintain regular contact between political leaders and relevant departments to facilitate consultation on the exchanges and co-operation, as well as all matters of common concern. The Partnership Office will provide regular reports to both parties and an annual report covering the year past and the year in prospect. That Annual Report will also address the cultural, educational, economic and social benefits that have been delivered to communities in both countries.
The two parties agree that this agreement will be recorded in English and isiXhosa and that both texts shall be equally binding and further agree that the agreement shall come into operation on the date both signatories have signed
The Premier The Chairman
Eastern Cape Association of NE Councils
Date: 28th February 2008 Date: 28th February 2008
Purposes of the Partnership
The partnership between the Eastern Cape and the North East of England was initiated by – and is centred in – the arts and culture of the Province and the Region.
The interest, engagement and support of the South African National Arts Council and the national office of Arts Council England as well as the responsible departments of National Government in both countries is and will be most welcome. The importance of the “cultural capitals” of Johannesburg and London as the base for national networks and nationally important producers is also recognised.
The immediate objective of the partnership is the development of a mutually agreed programme of arts and more broadly cultural projects between 2007 and 2012.
That programme will be targeted at delivering direct cultural, educational economic and social benefit to communities in both countries – rural as well as urban. The mixture of benefits will differ in each country and over time. Overall the benefits will balance.
The determination of the partners is that this programme will leave substantially strengthened, enriched and sustainable arts and cultural organisations and programmes in both countries
The ambition of the partners is that the programme – clearly focused in arts, culture and heritage – will spin off other relationships as part of a longer term strategy to connect our two regions.
The concern of the partners is that ambition for the programme never over-reaches the resources available to deliver projects – of whatever scale or nature – of the highest quality.
The programme will be independently evaluated against these demanding objectives