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

ASSITEJ SA doubles number of shows at the National Arts Festival 2016

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Rowin Munsamy and Shona Johnson star in The Fantastical Flea Circus.

The ASSITEJ Family Fare returns to National Arts Festival for the fifth consecutive year to bring to the festival unique, quality theatre for youth and young audiences.

With 20 productions under its umbrella this year, ASSITEJ SA has now more than doubled the number of shows on its bill since the first iteration of the venue in 2012 which had nine shows. Continue reading

National Arts Festival announces 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners

From left: Themba Mbuli, Siya Makuzeni, Mohau Modisakeng, Jade Bowers, and Avigail Bushakevitz_

From left: Themba Mbuli, Siya Makuzeni, Mohau Modisakeng, Jade Bowers, and Avigail Bushakevitz_

Five of South Africa’s brightest creative stars were named as recipients of the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards on Wednesday, October 28, recognising and honouring their dynamic and outstanding contribution to the vitality of the arts in the country. Continue reading