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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR ACT AWARDS (article first published : 2008-07-1)

Nominations are open for the tenth annual Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Awards 2008 presented by Nedbank, supported by CLASSICfeel Magazine and Fine Music Radio 101.3.

Since inception ACT has providing funding in the amount of R12 million for more than 500 projects in all arts disciplines across South Africa. The ACT Awards are an important part of ACT’s work in support of local arts, culture and heritage. The prestige associated with being nominated as a finalist or winning an award serves as a measure of quality in the sector. Through the Awards, principal sponsor Nedbank highlights its commitment to arts and culture development, promotion and preservation in South Africa. In addition to providing the funding for the ACT Awards the funding received from Nedbank Affinities annually subsidises the operating costs of ACT and to date Nedbank has contributed a total amount of R8 million to ACT.

Commenting on Nedbank’s long-standing support, Tom Boardman, Chief Executive of the Nedbank Group, said it was a privilege to invest in and help sustain the growth and development of arts and culture in our country. “Nedbank is proud to be part of the tenth annual ACT Awards. Through this great initiative, Nedbank remains committed to arts and culture development, promotion and preservation within South Africa.”

“Cultural creation, production and presentation are at the heart of new development strategies and the Awards recognise outstanding contributions by those who have demonstrated commitment and excellence in ensuring that the arts do indeed mirror the soul of South Africa,” said ACT Chairperson, Kutlwano Masote who is also a celebrated musician, conductor and art manager in his own right. “This year’s Awards marks a decade of ACT honouring the achievements of those individuals and organisations who work tirelessly behind the scenes to support, manage, teach, market, develop, build and sustain the arts or who in some way make the arts more accessible to all South Africans,” he added.

Previous winners of the prestigious ACT Awards have included amongst others, Sandile Mamela, Michelle Constant, Bridget van Oerle and Lynette Marais as well as arts and culture projects like the South African Schools Festivals organised by the Arts Education Department of the Grahamstown Foundation, Buskaid and Artslink amongst others. Winners of the prestigious ACT Lifetime Achievement Award have included Gibson Kente, Es’kia Mphalele, Sylvia Glasser, Sophie Mgcina, Esther Mahlangu and, most recently, Ronnie Govender.

Following a national campaign in which members of the public are invited to submit nominations, the finalists and winners for the ACT Awards 2008 will be selected by an independent panel of judges in the following categories:

The ACT Arts Management Award 2008 will be awarded by an independent panel of judges to an outstanding individual, organisation or agency for remarkable performance in the areas of art management, administration, publicity or marketing. The ACT Arts Education Award 2008 will be awarded by an independent panel of judges to a programme or institution for a significant contribution to arts, culture and heritage education in the formal or informal sectors.

The ACT Arts Media Award 2007 will be awarded by an independent panel of judges to a print, electronic or broadcast media publication or programme for excellence in arts and culture reporting or criticism and generating significant coverage of arts, culture or heritage. The ACT Cultural Development Award 2008 will be awarded by an independent panel of judges to an outstanding project or programme that has contributed significantly to the development in arts and culture.

The ACT Creative Design Award 2008 will be awarded by an independent panel of judges to an organisation, programme or project for excellence in fostering cultural diversity on the global market in one of the following sectors: architecture and interior design, craft, design, events and cultural tourism.

The ACT Creative Arts Award 2008 will be awarded by an independent panel of judges to an organisation, programme or project for excellence in fostering cultural diversity on the global market in one of the following sectors: performing arts and dance, urban regeneration, and visual art and photography.

The ACT Heritage Award 2008 will be awarded by an independent panel of judges to outstanding an organisation, programme or project for the protection and preservation of tangible or intangible aspects of South African cultural heritage.

Three ACT Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to outstanding individuals for a significant contribution during their lifetime in the areas of visual art or craft, music or dance and theatre or literature. Winners in this category will be selected at the discretion of the ACT Board of Trustees.

The deadline for nominations is July 11, 2008. All nominations must be submitted on the prescribed nomination forms which can be downloaded from the ACT website at www.act.org.za




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