‘Witness’ hilton Arts festival nominated for business award

2010-07-23 00:00

THE Witness Hilton Arts Festival is one of the three arts projects in KwaZulu-Natal nominated for this year’s 13th annual Business Day Business Arts South Africa (Basa) awards.

The other nominees are the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir, sponsored by Daryl Bennewith and Fiona Kerr of TBWA/Hunt Lascaris in Durban (mentors of the year category); and the Sareal Design Exhibition, sponsored by Omnicor, in the small business category.

The finalists were selected by the co-founder and head of Vega School of Advertising, Gordon Cook; arts consultant Nicki du Plessis; Loerie Awards managing director Dr Andrew Human; marketing consultant Dr Ivan May; the co-founder and co-owner of multi-disciplinary design firm INK, Lisebo Mokhesi; and the artistic director of Siwela Sonke Dance Company, Jay Pather.

Nominated in the media sponsorship category, The Witness Hilton Arts Festival , sponsored by The Natal Witness Printing and Publishing Company, is now in its 18th year.

Bestides the financial contribution, the newspaper’s marketing team creates all the artwork for the promotional material, programmes and editorial. The event has also created employment in the district, and bursaries too, with the first sound technician sponsored entirely by the festival qualifying last year.

This year, for the first time, the festival (which runs from September 17 to 19) will be staging a schools day.

See: www.hiltonfestival.co.za

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