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Sunday, December 9, 2012


(A delighted Caroline Smart with the Living Legend, Tape Aids and Golden Peacock awards)

This story is the 6,500th story to be posted to artSMart since September 23, 2008, when artSMart became a blog. (This does not count the number of stories carried by artSMart before that!)

artSMart is the largest multi-cultural arts website in KZN and serves over 12,000 visitors a month.

This story is appropriately about artSMart editor, Caroline Smart, who is a very proud person these days. She has received no less than three Lifetime Achievement Awards in as many months.

In September, she received the highly prestigious Ethekwini 2012 Living Legend Award for Arts and Culture. In November, The Indian Academy of South Africa presented her with a Golden Peacock Award for Achievement. Later that month, she received an award from Tape Aids for the Blind for her 43 years of work as a volunteer reader. The studio in which she regularly records will be named after her.

“I am simply bursting with pride and I feel very humbled by this recognition,” says a delighted Caroline Smart. “Each award is very beautiful in its own individual way and they are placed at different spots around the house so they are continually in my eye-line. The Living Legends award overlooks my collection of orchids on the dining-room table. The Golden Peacock and the garland that went with it are on the carved wooden chest in the lounge area. The Tape Aids award sits neatly on the shelf next to my computer!”

A lifetime achievement award is a powerful testament to a person’s capacity to have been the best they can be in whatever field they specialise.

Caroline Smart wears many hats – actress, director, scriptwriter, arts journalist and dance and theatre judge. She is a former television producer for SABC arts programmes and was editor/producer of D’ARTS, the now defunct magazine of the Durban Arts Association. The walls of her home office are covered with awards and certificates relating her prowess in all these fields.

“2012 has been a fantastic year,” Smart says. “I’ve been back in theatre working on two productions I have written and it’s been very fulfilling, because this is what I have been trained to do.”

One of these productions, iNkanyezi – The Star, is currently running in The Playhouse Loft until December 15.
iNkanyezi – The Star is a Stable Theatre production presented in association with The Playhouse Company. Performances Wednesday to Friday at 19h30 and Saturday at 15h00 (Saturday evening show tbc).Tickets R65 booked through Computicket.