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Thursday, June 13, 2013


The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) invites nominations for its ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals, which are presented as part of their annual Awards Ceremony held in recognition and celebration of excellence in South African arts, culture and creativity.

Since 1998, the ACT Awards have recognised more than 350 individuals and organisations that have made significant contributions to cultural life in South Africa. A prominent element of the ACT Awards is the presentation of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards for Theatre, Music, Visual Art and Literature. Lifetime Achievement Award winners are nominated and selected by the ACT Board of Trustees.

As part of the Awards, four ImpACT Awards are awarded annually to honour young artists that have reached some professional standing in their discipline, and are within the first five years of their professional careers. They are presented in four broad arts categories with selected disciplines being eligible for consideration in each. Public nominations are now open in the following categories:

Visual Art - artists working in the mediums of Fine Art, Sculpting, Public Installations and Photography
Theatre - Artists practicing the disciplines of Dance, Acting, Writing for Theatre, Musical Theatre and Physical Theatre
Music & Singing - Classical, Contemporary and Jazz composers, musicians and singers
Design - Artists working in the areas of Craft, Fashion Design, Graphic Design and Arts-based Web Design.

ACT is open for nominations for the ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals until August 31, 2013. Winners of ImpACT Awards are selected by an independent panel of judges and will be announced at the Awards ceremony scheduled to take place in Johannesburg in November.

The 2013 ACT Awards ceremony is presented in association with the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO), Media24 Books, the Vodacom Foundation and is supported by the Distell Foundation, CLASSICfeel Magazine and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA).

For more information about the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) visit