The National Arts Council of South Africa awards R23 million in arts grants

Napo Masheane

Napo Masheane is among those who have benefited from the help of the National Arts Council. Read her story below.

The National Arts Council (NAC) of South Africa has awarded R23 million in grants to 116 organisations countrywide – an increase from the last funding cycle where 98 organisations received three year funding.

The beneficiaries, 108 of which work with the youth and 50 of which work with women, will receive funding for the next three years in various arts disciplines. Continue reading

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Judges announced for the 2016 ACT scholarships

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Usisipho Nteyi, 2014 winner of the R 105,000 scholarship. Pic: Gareth Jacobs

THE judging panel for the 2016 Scholarships Programme, presented by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), has been announced. Tasked with fast-tracking the lives of young performers, each of the five judges will bring expert guidance to the programme.

The panel encompasses all disciplines of the performing arts. This year, the Grade 12 triple-threat pupils will show off their singing, dancing and acting to: Talent-ETC director and award-winning producer, Jennis Williamson; multiple award-winning local and international star of the stage and screen, Terence Bridgett; actress, singer and cabaret artist, Kate Normington; South African Music Award-winning vocalist, producer and composer, Gloria Bosman; and creative catalyst and consultant, Brenda Sakellarides. Continue reading

Attend the #creativeintersections Movement Maker workshop in Johannesburg

Movement_Maker_workshop_hosted_by_ACT__webFOLLOWING the success of the 2016 ACT/UJ Arts & Culture Conference held in March, ACT will host one final interdisciplinary workshop on Saturday, May 14 at the Outreach Foundation’s Hillbrow Centre in Johannesburg.

Drawing on the conference theme #creativeintersections, this practical workshop, titled Movement Maker, will explore the connections between traditional and academic disciplines of fine art and dancing and redefine these boundaries by creating new disciplines and movements. Continue reading

Nominations open for the 2016 ImpACT Awards for young artists

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The 2015 ImpACT Awards winners: Lindiwe Maxolo, Jessica Denyschen, POPArt, Laurie van Heerden, Letlhogonolo Nche and Benon Lutaaya at the Maslow Hotel, Sandton. Photograph: John Hogg.

THE Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is inviting nominations for the eagerly awaited 2016 ImpACT Awards, which are held annually in recognition and celebration of excellence within the arts, culture and creative sectors in South Africa.

Nominations for the 2016 ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals, sponsored by The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and the Distell Foundation in partnership with Sun International, are now open. This year there will be a total of five ImpACT Awards to honour young professional artists. Continue reading