Nominations for ImpACT Awards still open

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2014 ImpACT Award recipients, Jade Bowers, Thabo Makhetha-Kwinana and Bevan de Wet. Picture by Gareth Jacobs.
2014 ImpACT Award recipients, Jade Bowers, Thabo Makhetha-Kwinana and Bevan de Wet. Picture by Gareth Jacobs.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) reminds all interested parties that entries for the much anticipated annual ImpACT Awards close on 6 September 2015.

ACT – in partnership with Sun International – will host the ceremony to recognize and celebrate excellence within the arts, culture and creative sectors in South Africa. They are inviting the public to nominate eligible young professionals for this year’s awards.

The awards have gained traction and national acclaim throughout the industry since their establishment in 1998. The ImpACT Awards are presented to individuals under the age of 30 and companies or organisations operating in South Africa that fall in the first five years of their professional careers.

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 with the prestigious ImpACT Awards.

The ImpACT Awards are presented in five broad arts categories with selected disciplines being eligible for consideration in each one. The public is given until Sunday, 6 September 2015 to nominate young professionals for the following categories:

– ImpACT Award for Visual Art – Artists working in the mediums of Fine Art, Sculpting, Public Installations and Photography are eligible for nomination.

– ImpACT Award for Theatre – Artists practicing the disciplines Acting, Directing and Writing for Theatre, Musical Theatre and Physical Theatre are eligible for nomination.

– ImpACT Award for Music & Singing – Classical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, traditional, and Jazz musicians as well as music composers, producers, musicians and singers from other spheres are eligible for nomination.

– ImpACT Award for Design – Artists working in the areas of Craft, Jewellery, Fashion Design, Graphic Design and Arts-based Web Design are eligible for nomination.

– ImpACT Award for Dance – Trained contemporary, traditional, African, ballet and other dancers and choreographers are eligible for nomination.

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

Winners will receive a cash prize of R2 000.00, a certificate, a spread in Creative Feel Magazine worth over R30 000.00 and additional PR opportunities that will be generated through the ACT Awards. Furthermore, ImpACT Award recipients will get ongoing backing from ACT in the form promotional support in their professional careers.

Some of 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 that will take place in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, respectively, in September. 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 2015.

Please follow the link to submit your nominations: http://tinyurl.com/lc29a66 or visit http://www.act.org.za/programmes/awards.html

Featuring prominently as part of the ACT Awards are the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards. These awards are awarded to deserving individuals who have made a profound impact and who have contributed significantly to the enrichment of the arts and culture environment in South Africa during their lives. The categories for Lifetime Achievement Awards are Visual Arts, Theatre, Arts Advocacy, Music and Literature.

The 2015 ImpACT Awards are presented in partnership with the Distell Foundation and Sun International. The ACT Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented in partnership with Nedbank Arts Affinity, Media24 Books, DALRO, JTI, Creativefeel Magazine and SAMRO.

For more information about the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) please visit www.act.org.za

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