ACT to honour industry professionals and lifetime achievers

The 2014 ACT Awards is fast-approaching and Young Professionals and Lifetime Achievers in the arts will be honoured on 25 November in a night of entertainment.

For the past 16 years, the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Awards have recognised and celebrated luminaries who have made outstanding contributions in the arts. The 17th annual ACT Awards is also in celebration of the Trust’s 20th anniversary. This acknowledgment presents Lifetime Achievement Awards to honour arts professionals whose extraordinary careers have had a profound and lasting impact on arts, culture and heritage in the country. Previous winners include Miriam Makeba, Nadine Gordimer, Pops Mohamed, Eskia Mphahlele and Gcina Mhlope, among others.

This year, co-founding trustee, Sun International, has come on board to make this event even more memorable by hosting it at The Maslow Hotel, and Nedbank Arts Affinity, also an ACT founding trustee, will be sponsoring the event. The Awards also commend young professional artists who have significantly contributed to the industry in the first five years of their careers. Previous winners include The Muffinz, Bambo Sibiya, Blessing Ngobeni and Ozlo Clothing.

Pieter Jacobs, CEO of ACT says “It is our collective responsibility to acknowledge and celebrate the work of individuals and groups who have a positive impact on arts and culture in South Africa. It is vital to the health and wealth of an industry that excellence is benchmarked and we are tremendously grateful to our generous sponsors of the ACT Awards for allowing us to honour the standard-bearers in the arts since inception of the Awards in 1998.”

The awards ceremony promises an evening of entertainment as emotions run high and winners are announced.

The ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals support talented and emerging artists at a time in their careers when they have shown commitment to, and reached some professional standing in their chosen discipline. These are young professional artists, up to the age of 30 years, who fall within the first five years of their professional careers. Each winner will receive a feature in ClassicFeel Magazine to the editorial value of over R25 000 and a cash prize of R1500.

Maseda Ratshikuni, Head of Cause Marketing at Nedbank says: “As a bank we are committed to supporting both young, up and coming arts professionals as well as honouring people who have worked tirelessly within the arts sector over a long period of time. Lifetime achievement awards are bestowed on a few people who in their own rights leave legacies within the arts and culture sector.”

The Arts & Culture Trust honour arts industry achievers, who have made a significant impact, by awarding them with the ACT Lifetime Achievement Award. These awards cover the categories Music, Theatre, Visual Art and Literature, and for the first time this year an Arts Advocacy category, launched in partnership with ClassicFeel Magazine, has been created to honour a patron of the arts. The Lifetime Achievement Award winners are given R30 000 each, totalling an impressive R600 000 since 2008.

The 2014 ACT Awards ceremony is sponsored by Nedbank Arts Affinity, hosted by Sun International and presented in association with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO), Media24 Books, Classicfeel Magazine and is supported by the Distell Foundation and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA).



About the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT):

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration.

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The Nedbank Arts Affinity is a proud supporter of the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT). Since the inception of ACT in 1994, Nedbank has raised and distributed nearly R15 million through our Arts Affinity Programme, in support of more than 800 South African arts, culture and heritage development projects, at no cost to our clients. To open a Nedbank Arts Affinity account please visit any Nedbank branch or call 0860 DO GOOD (36 4663). For more information please visit

About Sun International:

The Sun International Group has a diverse portfolio of assets including world class five star hotels, modern and well located casinos, and some of the world’s premier resorts. Our destinations offer experiential luxury, enduring quality and incredible adventure, supported by an authentic dedication to personal service. Our approach has been to differentiate our hotels, resorts and casinos in architecture, service, experience, location and the mix of entertainment and activities. Creating lasting memories for our guests and customers is a core part of our DNA. We’ve created some the world’s most iconic hotels ranging from The Royal Livingstone Hotel at Victoria Falls, to The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City and The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. We place a strong emphasis on being responsible corporate citizens through our contributions and commitment to the economy, communities and the environment. We are committed to the development of all our employees and we make sure that equal opportunities and economic empowerment form the backbone of our human resource practices.

The Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Organisation (DALRO)

DALRO is a multi-purpose copyright society that collects royalties for the use of copyright-protected works on behalf of authors and publishers, which it then distributes back to the correct copyright-owner. As a custodian of copyright and the protection of rightsholders’ works, DALRO’s main areas of administration are reprographic reproduction rights (photocopying from published editions), public performance rights (including stage rights for book musicals and dramas) and reproduction rights (whether for publishing or copying) in works of visual art. For more information please visit

Distell Foundation

Distell, one of South Africa’s premier producers of fine wines, spirits and ready to drink alcoholic beverages, has actively been supporting the arts for more than forty years. Ongoing support is given to a broad range of creative arts development projects that build economic growth, artistic talent, create jobs and enhances excellence in the sector. For more information please visit

Business and Arts South Africa NPC

Business and Arts South Africa is an internationally recognised development agency which incorporates the arts into, and contributes to, corporates’ commercial success.

With a suite of integrated programmes, Business and Arts South Africa encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts in order to grow SHARED VALUE. Business and Arts South Africa was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative of government (Department of Arts and Culture) and the business sector, as a public/private partnership.

CLASSICfeel Magazine

CLASSICfeel Magazine is an award winning monthly arts and culture magazine that brings the best in classical and jazz music, dance, visual arts, film and theatre, as well as food and travel, to its readers. The magazine is dedicated to promoting arts and culture in South Africa. CLASSICfeel Magazine has garnered many prestigious awards, including the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) Awards, as well as SAPPI PICA Award for excellence in publishing and the coveted BASA (Business and Arts in South Africa) Award.

Author: PR Officer

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