THE Ugu Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) will be hosting the annual Ugu CCIFSA imbizo in Margate this month. Organisers said the event, which is hosted in collaboration with the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality Arts and Culture Section, Ugu Business Association, DAC, AFVF and other sector-related stakeholders, will be held to reflect on the state of the creative arts sector in the region. “The initiative seeks to bring together relative stakeholders, with the aim of assessing overall progress. It also seeks to identify emerging issues or trends to be tackled in order to take the industry forward,” said co-ordinator Siya Sotsu. “There is an urgent need for a cultural and creative industries regulatory body in the district, one that will provide guidance and enforce transformation, guard against and act upon any form of bad practices, including, but not limited to, racial discrimination and commercial exploitation,” said Sotsu. He said expected participants at the seminar included media houses, Ebukhosini Solutions, the arts and culture council, business associations in the region, cultural and creative arts non-governmental organisations as well as partisan government departments, including the KZN departments of Arts and Culture, Education, Economic Development, Tourism, and Environment Affairs, and civil and tribal authorities.The imbizo will be held at the Margate Community Hall and Margate Art Museum from March 28 and 29. Participants are requested to submit the registration form with full details by March 15 to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Siya Sotsu at 039 312 8392 for more information.