Arts and Culture Trust jumpstarts matriculants’ careers in the arts


ACT scholarship recipients, from left, Tamzin Williams, Virtuous Kandemiir and Robin Castle. Photo: John Hogg

Johannesburg’s iconic Market Theatre was abuzz both on and off the stage when performing arts matriculants were granted scholarships to pursue their dreams at tertiary level.

Six triple-threat scholars acted, danced and sang their way through the finals and all walked away with funding from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), supported by the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Organisation (DALRO) and the Nedbank Arts Affinity. Continue reading


Sophiatown chic: The ACT Awards to revisit SA’s golden era


The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) will revisit the epicentre of 1940s and 50s South African jazz and blues culture at their 19th annual ACT Awards. The Sophiatown-themed affair will honour cultural icons and newcomers while delighting guests with stellar entertainment. Continue reading

Three fiction manuscripts shortlisted for Dinaane Debut Fiction Award

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Pamela Nichols is the chairperson of the judges for the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award.

THE following fiction manuscripts – No Word Like Home by Saul Musker, Selling Lip-Service by Tammy Baikie and The Last Stop by Thabiso Mofokeng- have been short-listed for the 2015/2016 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award.

The winner, who will receive R35 000, and have their book revealed in print, will be announced in October. Continue reading

Author, JM Coetzee’s ‘The Schooldays of Jesus’ selected for Man Booker long list


SOUTH African author, JM Coetzee, has made it on to the longlist for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.

Coetzee, who is nominated for his book, The Schooldays of Jesus (Harvill Secker), has won the prestigious literary award twice before. He won the then Booker Prize in 1983 with Life & Times of Michael K and then with Disgrace in 1999. Continue reading

SA writer, Lidudumalingani, wins Caine Prize for African writing


4/7/16 – Oxford The Caine Prize For African Writing Winner of the 2016 Caine Prize, Lidudumalingani.

SOUTH African writer, Lidudumalingani, has won the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story Memories We Lost, published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You (Burnet Media).

He received a prize of £10,000 following a special dinner at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, United Kingdom on July 4. Continue reading

National Arts Festival rewards arts community as festival closes


Outgoing National Arts Festival artistic director, Ismail Mahomed.

ARTISTIC excellence was celebrated at the National Arts Festival on Sunday morning (July 10) when the winners of the 2016 Standard Bank Ovation Awards were revealed at a ceremony which also honoured outgoing National Arts Festival artistic director, Ismail Mahomed.

Commenting on the impact of the awards, Mahomed said: “The Ovation Awards have earned a significant gravitas in the arts sector. They have become a barometer for audiences and visiting arts managements about productions that should not be missed. Artists at the festival have been bold and have used their talents and skills to engage with burning issues in the most creative ways.” Continue reading

Standing Ovation Award for Gary Gordon


GARY Gordon, the “father of South African physical theatre”, was presented with a Standard Bank Standing Ovation Award at a reception held at the Monument in Grahamstown, in honour of his “longstanding creative energy in South Africa’s cultural life and his enormously significant contributions to the vitality of the National Arts Festival’s main, fringe and arena programmes”. Continue reading

Africa celebrates as Black Coffee and Falz win big at the 2016 BET Awards

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DJ Black Coffee.

Legendary South African artist Black Coffee has become the first South African artist to win best international act: Africa at the BET Awards, while Nigerian newcomer, Falz, has accelerated his career with a well-deserved win in the viewer’s choice: best new act category.

To watch Black Coffee and Falz receive their awards, tune into the BET Awards premiere on BET (DStv channel 129) on Tuesday, June 28 at 7pm CAT. Continue reading