Young artists honoured

2014-11-02 15:00

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The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards proved to be yet another boys’ club in terms of winners.

Feted on the night were young artists Luyanda Sidiya (dance), Nduduzo Makhathini (jazz), Kemang Wa Lehulere (visual art), Musa Ngqungwana (music), Athi-Patra Ruga (performance art) and Christiaan Olwagen (theatre).

The ceremony – which was attended by the arts fraternity, and friends and family of the artists – made for an intimate night out on Tuesday at Marlboro Place in Kramerville, northern Joburg.

Those who made an appearance included renowned choreographer Greg Maqoma, who sat like a proud father watching over dancers from his Vuyani Dance Company, who declared the ceremony open. The evening’s host was poet Lebo Mashile.

In an impassioned speech, dance teacher and choreographer Luyanda Sidiya congratulated the patron of the awards, Standard Bank, for looking after local talent and also sent a special thank you for the bank’s approval of his bond in 2005 – something that got the room laughing for the first time.

The awards form part of the National Arts Festival programme and its prestige has grown over the years as it continues to honour relatively young, talented individuals who have shown exceptional ability in their chosen fields.

The awards guarantee the artists a spot on the main programme of the forthcoming festival, with a cash injection to the winner ensuring that their work continues to flourish at the festival through prominent exhibition and production opportunities.

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