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Thursday, November 6, 2014


The 2014 ACT Awards is fast-approaching and Young Professionals and Lifetime Achievers in the arts will be honoured on November 25 in a night of entertainment.

For the past 16 years, the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Awards have recognised and celebrated luminaries who have made outstanding contributions in the arts. The 17th annual ACT Awards is also in celebration of the Trust’s 20th anniversary. This acknowledgment presents Lifetime Achievement Awards to honour arts professionals whose extraordinary careers have had a profound and lasting impact on arts, culture and heritage in the country. Previous winners include Miriam Makeba, Nadine Gordimer, Pops Mohamed, Eskia Mphahlele and Gcina Mhlophe, among others.

KZN theatre personalities, Themi Venturas and Caroline Smart, are among the Trustees of the Arts & Culture Trust.

This year, co-founding trustee Sun International has come on board to make this event even more memorable by hosting it at The Maslow Hotel, and Nedbank Arts Affinity, also an ACT founding trustee, will be sponsoring the event. The Awards also commend young professional artists who have significantly contributed to the industry in the first five years of their careers. Previous winners include The Muffinz, Bambo Sibiya, Blessing Ngobeni and Ozlo Clothing.

Pieter Jacobs, CEO of ACT says: “It is our collective responsibility to acknowledge and celebrate the work of individuals and groups who have a positive impact on arts and culture in South Africa. It is vital to the health and wealth of an industry that excellence is benchmarked and we are tremendously grateful to our generous sponsors of the ACT Awards for allowing us to honour the standard-bearers in the arts since inception of the Awards in 1998."

The awards ceremony promises an evening of entertainment as emotions run high and winners are announced.

The ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals support talented and emerging artists at a time in their careers when they have shown commitment to, and reached some professional standing in their chosen discipline. These are young professional artists, up to the age of 30 years, who fall within the first five years of their professional careers. Each winner will receive a feature in ClassicFeel Magazine to the editorial value of over R25,000 and a cash prize of R1,500.

Maseda Ratshikuni, Head of Cause Marketing at Nedbank says: “As a bank we are committed to supporting both young, up and coming arts professionals as well as honouring people who have worked tirelessly within the arts sector over a long period of time. Lifetime achievement awards are bestowed on a few people who in their own rights leave legacies within the arts and culture sector.”

The Arts & Culture Trust honour arts industry achievers, who have made a significant impact, by awarding them with the ACT Lifetime Achievement Award. These awards cover the categories Music, Theatre, Visual Art and Literature, and for the first time this year an Arts Advocacy category, launched in partnership with ClassicFeel Magazine, has been created to honour a patron of the arts. The Lifetime Achievement Award winners are given R30,000 each, totalling an impressive R600,000 since 2008.

The 2014 ACT Awards ceremony is sponsored by Nedbank Arts Affinity, hosted by Sun International and presented in association with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO), Media24 Books, Classicfeel Magazine and is supported by the Distell Foundation and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA).