<div class="ExternalClass48CB2DB8F6874F0DA7391DB1C37622B3"><p>​The worlds of contemporary art, high fashion and design will congregate at a vibrant red-carpet celebration of South African and African culture, creativity and generosity when Zeitz Museum of Contempora​ry Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) hosts its inaugural Gala on Saturday, 28 February 2015.</p><p>The Gala, hosted by co-chairs of the Zeitz MOCAA Board of Trustees Jochen Zeitz and David Green, V&A Waterfront CEO, and Mark Coetzee, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz MOCAA, and the Zeitz MOCAA 2015 Gala Host Committee (a group 20 prominent women) will become an annual event and the major fundraiser for the museum. The funds raised on the night will go directly into the endowment, which will be used specifically towards ensuring that the museum is accessible to all.</p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">The Gala will honour the major donors to this significant new cultural institution, the continent’s first contemporary art museum, which will rival those to be found in the global art capitals for its ambitious scale and eminent collection of works when it opens early </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">2017.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">According to Coetzee, “The funds raised by this benefit event will join the generous contributions that have already been made to Zeitz MOCAA, of which the major donors will be announced at the Gala.”</span><br></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">“</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">In addition, an allocation of funds raised at the Zeitz MOCAA Gala will be used towards the establishment of a Costume Institute, and will provide the resources to produce important exhibitions of our leading designers into the future.”</span><br></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">On the establishment of the Zeitz MOCAA Costume Institute, Coetzee said, “Museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London have been exhibiting clothing/costume/fashion for over a half a century.</span><br></p><p>These exhibitions are hugely supported by millions of visitors each year and have captured the imagination and aspirations of many generations.”</p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">With increasing attention being focused on the creative industries in Africa, the Costume Institute will position costume designers in Africa along with their peers internationally and guarantee their contribution is not only acknowledged but also celebrated.</span><br></p><p>The Gala will also mark the announcement of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition, each year honouring a designer whose work has contributed to a critical engagement with the costume arts in South Africa. The inaugural event will see the</p><p>announcement of the first four designers, who will each present five garments in an exclusive exhibition on the night.</p></div>2015-02-19T22:00:00Z



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