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Tuesday, April 11, 2017


The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), in association with the Nedbank Arts Affinity, is excited about the projects that will receive Development Programme grants in 2017.

Johannesburg-based musician Thandi Ntuli is one of 12 recipients recently awarded a grant for the first half of 2017. She is using the grant to fund her national tour and new album Exiled later this year. This is her second, her debut jazz album The Offering was released in 2014.

The 12 recipients were selected out of a total of 688 applications from across all nine provinces in this round of ACT funding. ACT is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency, funded by the Nedbank Arts Affinity to extend arts and culture opportunities to all communities.

Individual artists or arts organisations in any of the arts genres in South Africa can apply to ACT for funding through its diverse programmes. In the latest round, the projects include music, dance, theatre, visual arts, literature, multi-disciplinary arts, new media, arts education and arts administration.

Two of the projects selected in this round of grants will perform at the 2017 National Arts Festival (NAF) in Grahamstown. They are The Truth Beneath and The Edge (formerly The Cape Town Edge).

The ACT grant will be used to make the NAF more sustainable for independent artists through assisting participating artists/companies with some of the financial and logistical difficulties of taking a production to the NAF Fringe.

This year The Edge will showcase eight diverse productions at the NAF Fringe. Productions include: We didn’t come to hell for the Croissants directed by Lindiwe Matshikiza, Cattle Drive written and directed by Luke and Nicholas Ellenbogen, Oh Baby, I’m a Wild One written and director by Louis Viljoen, You Suck and Other Inescapable Truths written by Klara van Wyk and directed by Francisco Nassimbeni, and Undermined directed by Tara Notcutt.

The other nine projects selected in this round are the Soweto Art and Craft Fair; Vrynge (an initiative of the Vrystaat Kunstefees); A Book on the History of the Ndebele People (literature) by Sunnyboy Moloko; Litshani Vhana-Vha-de Foundation Project (arts education based in Gauteng & Limpopo); Hands On! Music organisation from the Northern Cape; The Time Triptych (literature), Venus Hottentot versus Modernity (theatre); Uwo-Xuaha (dramatic poem), and The Music Academy of Gauteng.

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

The Nedbank Arts Affinity is a proud supporter of the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT). Since the inception of ACT in 1994, Nedbank has raised and distributed more than R16 million through its Arts Affinity Programme, in support of more than 800 South African arts, culture and heritage development projects, at no cost to its clients. To open a Nedbank Arts Affinity account visit any Nedbank branch or call 0860 555 111, or visit for more information.

This information is published in full on the Arts & Culture Trust’s blog – see