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Sunday, September 6, 2015


The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) has announced the panel of judges who will adjudicate the 2015 ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals, which takes place on November 6, 2015.

A group of respected professionals working across a variety of contexts will convene to judge this year’s entries for the ImpACT Awards. The group comprises one of South Africa’s most celebrated songstresses, Sibongile Khumalo; Fine Arts and Arts Education Associate Professor at the Wits School of Arts David Andrew; choreographer and Executive Director of the Tribhangi Dance Theatre and ACT trustee Jayesperi Moopen; actress and Soweto Theatre’s Artistic Director Warona Seane and arts and culture development expert and consultant David Thatanelo April.

This year Dance was added to four existing categories which are Visual Art, Theatre, Music & Singing and Design.

These awards are presented annually to honour young artists who have reached a professional standing in their discipline, and are within the first five years of their professional careers. The annual ceremony, hosted by Sun International, recognizes and celebrates excellence within South Africa’s arts, culture and creative sectors.

The judges’ selection of this year’s finalists will be announced during media briefings that will take place in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban in late September.

Winners of ImpACT Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony scheduled to take place at Sandton’s The Maslow on November 6 and will receive a cash prize of R2,000, a certificate, a spread in Creative Feel Magazine worth over R30,000 and additional PR opportunities that will be generated through the ACT Awards. The ImpACT Award recipients will also get ongoing backing from ACT in the form of promotional support in their professional careers.

Featuring prominently as part of the ACT Awards are the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards. These awards are awarded to deserving individuals who have made a profound impact and who have contributed significantly to the enrichment of the arts and culture environment in South Africa during their lives. The categories for Lifetime Achievement Awards are Visual Arts, Theatre, Arts Advocacy, Music and Literature.

The 2015 ImpACT Awards are presented in partnership with the Distell Foundation and Sun International. The ACT Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented in partnership with Nedbank Arts Affinity, Media24 Books, DALRO, JTI, Creative Feel Magazine and SAMRO.

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