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Sunday, December 16, 2012


The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Nedbank Arts Affinity recently announced eight projects that will receive ACT Development grants.

Among them is a new South African play, The Garden Boy, which will be produced by a KwaZulu-Natal based production company, Kasie Amazing Young Artist.

This one-man show is set to open on February 20 at the Catalina Theatre in Durban. The play tells the story of the journey of a young man who lost everything and who, by working as a garden boy, reaches great heights of success. The grant from ACT supports the development and performance phase of the production.

The ACT Development Programme has been funded by Nedbank Arts Affinity since 1994. The main objective is to provide ongoing support to the development of arts and culture in South Africa. Projects apply for grants through an application process which is reviewed every four months. The programme is aimed at developing projects that are aimed at either, the youth or professionals as well as the creation of new South African work. The Programme makes provision for all expressions of art, including but not limited to: Craft, Dance, Music, Theatre, Literature, Visual Art and New Media.

“We are grateful to Nedbank Arts Affinity clients who choose these unique products offered by Nedbank. By doing so, they support the ongoing development of South African arts, culture and heritage. Every time clients use their Arts Affinity products, Nedbank makes a donation to the Arts & Culture Trust, at no cost to the client, and with their support we were able to award grants to hundreds of projects and artists since the Trust’s establishment in 1994,” explains Chief Executive Officer of ACT, Pieter Jacobs.

The ACT Board of Trustees selects projects to fund during three cycles in a year. During the recent funding cycle, eight projects ranging from Visual Arts, Music, Dance to Arts Education, were approved to receive ACT Development grants.

The next Development Programme funding cycle closes at the end of January 2013. The outcome of applications submitted during this cycle will be available by March 15 of 2013.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts, culture and heritage funding agency. For more information visit