Arts and Culture Trust jumpstarts matriculants’ careers in the arts

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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

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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

National Arts Festival rewards arts community as festival closes

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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

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

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

Don’t miss the world premiere of Ubuntu- The Opera at the Playhouse

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Ubuntu – The Opera

Durban’s Playhouse Opera Theatre will be the scene of a major landmark on the South African arts calendar with the world premiere season of Ubuntu – The Opera by Juan Burgers.

Funded by the National Lotteries Commission, the new work is presented by Bravo Africa Entertainment in collaboration with Esayidi FET College. With Raphael Vilakazi as its executive producer, the production will have five performances in the Playhouse Opera Theatre between November 17 and 22. Continue reading