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Tuesday, October 3, 2017


The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) announces its new-look Scholarships format, a decision taken this year when ACT announced many changes to its funding strategy.

Funded by the Nedbank Arts Affinity and the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO), the 2017 Scholarships Programme presented by ACT is aimed at young South African performers in Grade 12 and aspirant performers under the age of 30 who are not currently registered in any course. The categories this year are acting, singing, dance and musical theatre.

After an intense search which was undertaken across all nine provinces, the ACT team and a judging panel have chosen well-deserved finalists in the relevant categories. No longer do contestants have to enter doing the triple threat and now have the chance to compete in singing, musical theatre, dancing and acting.

This incredible opportunity has been granted to them as part of the 9th annual Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Scholarship Programme. Since 2009, ACT has been supporting arts students through this Programme.

“We are very excited about this year’s scholarships programme as it has afforded us a chance to showcase four disciplines and we are looking forward to growing it year on year,” says ACT CEO, Marcus Desando.

One of the finalists is Wonder Ndlovu who is based in KwaZulu-Natal and has huge ambitions to become an international film actor. His love for acting started in his primary school years where he competed in school competitions, theatre community productions, road awareness campaigns and latterly film productions.

The 12 finalists will come together on October 7 at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg to be judged by well-respected industry professionals in a stage production set to wow audiences. This has always been a highlight for Johannesburg audiences and each year the talent has blown people away.

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