The National Lotteries Commission (NLC)

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The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act and regulations guide the way in which NLC funding may be allocated. The NLC wants the grants to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable, and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations.

Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLCcontributes to South Africa’s development.

Twist has a grant agreement with the NLC for the 2015-2015 project cycle. The grant is for R 1 983 090, and will cover a full cycle of the project.

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Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands

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The international exchange components of the project are supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, to expose Dutch theatre groups at different local festivals, interacting with Twist groups and young theatre makers. Performances and workshops are conducted to exchange skills and encourage new thinking about theatre.

The festivals where these groups appear include the National Arts Festival (Grahamstown), Isigcawu (Durban/KwaMashu), Musho! (Durban), Uhuru Festival (Wushwini/Inanda) and KKNK (Oudshoorn).

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National Arts Council

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Twist has received funding from the NAC to work with previously graduated groups to create and perform new work. This project involves working with the graduated Twist alumni to develop concepts and proposals for new work, to match them with a suitable mentor, and to provide grants for this work to be staged in communities and at festivals in 2016.

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Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Development Council


Exchange across borders within the SADC region for the annual Novel-Script Project has been supported for a number of years by Pro-Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

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KZN Department of Arts and Culture


The vision of the KZN Department of Arts and Culture is to build prosperity and social cohesion through Arts and Culture. The KZN DAC has been a supporter of Twist Projects between 2011 and 2014. The relationship continues on a project-related basis.

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