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TUNKIE AWARD FOR NICOLA DANBY (article first published : 2008-03-10)

Nicola Danby, CEO of Business and Arts South Africa, was presented with the annual TUNKIE award at the Gauteng MEC Contemporary Choreography and Dance awards presentation on February 24.

For the past 10 years, Nicola Danby has been driving Business and Arts South Africa by creating partnerships between the private sector and the arts. As a strategic thinker, she has developed and connected many arts projects with private sector partners. From 1989 to 1997, she was the driver behind the FNB Dance Umbrella which included the creation of satellite dance festivals nationally.

With BASA she has established and implemented the grant-making mechanism to attract funding from the business sector to the arts on the basis of mutual benefit and sustainability. The FNB Dance Umbrella and other dance projects have gained hugely from BASA and her vision in creating these partnerships. Amongst others, this includes the John Hogg retrospective exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the FNB Dance Umbrella this year.

Nicola Danby received this award in acknowledgement to her huge contribution to the development of contemporary dance in South Africa.

Xolani Nettleton Dyusha, nicknamed, “Tunkie” was a young man from the Eastern Cape who moved to Johannesburg. He picked up the challenge presented to him in the early ‘90’s and worked with the team that conceptualised and subsequently launched the Nedbank Arts and Culture affinity programme, culminating in the establishment of the ACT, the Arts and Culture Trust of the President, with former President Nelson Mandela as its Patron.

Tunkie was involved in many important ground-breaking initiatives and arts sponsorships that most certainly set a trend for corporate South Africa: Dance Theatre of Harlem; the London Philharmonic Orchestra; Kiri te Kanawa;Lord of the Dance and many more local and very significant sponsorships, such as retrospective exhibitions of the now late Ernest Mancoba and George Pemba.

However, Tunkie’s greatest passion was dance, believing passionately in the art of movement and the body and the creative forces needed for excellence. He believed that dance in South Africa was vital to the success of the arts generally: all that was needed was talent, will and determination to succeed.




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