Artcha is a South African arts and culture magazine show produced by Engage Entertainment for SABC2 which showcases a variety of all things arts and cultural in South Africa.
The series premiered on SABC2 on Wednesday 2 April 2008, at 20h00. There are 78 half-hour episodes in three seasons to date. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
The first two seasons were hosted by the "Artcha Angels" - Anel Alexander, Masello Motana and Eloise Cupido. As of Season 3 the show is hosted by Mmabatho Montsho.
Replacing Curious Culture, the name of the show is inspired by the spicy South African condiment Atchar and refers to the idea that whatever meal life serves up, art is the Artcha that adds a full-bodied, sizzling flavour to our South African identity.
Artcha is presented by actress and presenter Eloise Cupido, actress and independent filmmaker Anel Alexander and actress, poet and presenter Masello Motana.
Together the threesome are known as the "Artcha Angels".
Each episode showcases a variety of all things arts and cultural in South Africa and inlcudes a comedy sketch featuring popular SA comedians.
In the premiere episode:
A look at the South African Ballet Theatre’s production of Sleeping Beauty
Top UK band Kaiser Chiefs visits SA
We get up close and personal with the Artcha Angels: Anel, Masello and Eloise
We take get to know top fine artist, Andre Naude
Emo Adams - Cape Town’s hottest young talent!
We visit the JHB Air Fair and chat to its organiser Ross Douglas
Artcha is produced by Antoinette McDonald for Engage Entertainment, with Stephen Lorenzo and Vusi Twala serving as executive producers.
(Each season consists of 26 half-hour episodes)
Premiere: 2 April 2008 | Finale: 24 September 2008 | Wednesdays, 20h00
Premiere: 1 October 2008 | Finale: 8 April 2009 | Wednesdays, 22h00
Premiere: 15 April 2009 | Finale: 4 October 2009 | Wednesdays, 22h00/Sundays, 12h30