Entries awaited

2015-08-26 06:01

THE Arts andamp; Culture Trust (Act) reminds all interested parties that the entries for the much-anticipated annual ImpACT Awards close on 6 September.

Act, in partnership with Sun International, will host the ceremony to recognise and celebrate excellence within the arts, culture and creative sectors in South Africa.

Members of the public are invited to nominate eligible young professionals for this year’s awards.

The awards have gained traction and national acclaim throughout the industry since its establishment in 1998.

The ImpACT Awards are presented to individuals under the age of 30 that are in the first five years of their professional careers and to companies or organisations operating in South Africa.

In addition, this year Act is introducing the dance category, which makes it a total of five categories in which young professional artists will be honoured.

The ImpACT Awards are presented in five broad arts categories, with selected disciplines being eligible for consideration in each one.

People are given until Sunday, 6 September, to nominate young professionals in the following categories:

) ImpACT Award for visual art – for artists working in the mediums of fine art, sculpting, public installations and photography.

) ImpACT Award for theatre – for artists practising the disciplines of acting, directing and writing for theatre, musical theatre and physical theatre.

) ImpACT Award for music and singing – for classical, contemporary, hip hop, traditional and jazz musicians, as well as music composers, producers, musicians and singers from other spheres.

) ImpACT Award for design – for artists working in the areas of craft, jewellery, fashion design, graphic design and arts-based web design.

) ImpACT Award for dance – for trained contemporary, traditional, African, ballet and other dancers and choreographers.

“The ImpACT awards for Young Professionals is Act’s way of honouring those artists who produce extraordinary and cutting-edge work,” says Pieter Jacobs, Act’s chief executive officer.

“They are those professionals who move us in ways we never imagined possible.

“We hope that this kind of acknowledgement encourages them to continue pushing boundaries and that in years to come they will join the ranks of lifetime achievement winners we so admire for the game-changing work they do.”

Winners will receive a cash prize of R2 000, a certificate, a spread in the Creative Feel magazine worth over R30 000 and additional public relations opportunities that will be generated through the awards.

Furthermore, the ImpACT Award recipients will get ongoing backing from Act in the form of promotional support in their professional careers.

The previous ImpACT winners include: The Muffinz, Blessing Ngobeni, Phillip Dikotla, Bambo Sibiya, Camron Andrews, Motlaji Ditodi, Ozlo Clothing Store, Bevan de Wet, Poorvi Bhana, Nomfundo Xaluva, Thabo Makhetha Designs, Kyla Davis and Jade Bowers.

Finalists will be announced at three media briefings in September that will take place in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, respectively.

Winners of ImpACT Awards are selected by an independent panel of judges and will be announced at the awards ceremony scheduled to take place in Johannesburg in November.

Submit your nominations at tinyurl.com/lc29a66 or visit www.act.org.za/programmes/awards

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