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ACT announces 20-year Awards celebration event

BY 05.10.17

ACT is pleased to announce that the 20th edition of the ACT Awards will take place on Friday 17 November 2017 at the Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg.

The ACT Awards has been honouring South African legends, stalwarts and inspirations in the South African arts and culture sector for the last 20 years. The 2017 edition of this event is bound to be more glamourous than ever with special guest and emcee Bridget Masinga from KayaFM and entertainment provided by internationally-acclaimed songstress Lira.

“We have selected the theme of celebrating South African legends to honour not only this year’s selection of winners, but also the long legacy that comes with our awards,” says Marcus Desando, ACT CEO.

While the Arts & Culture Trust has many different programmes that aim to better the South African arts and culture landscape, the ACT Awards are seen as its flagship event and ACT has therefore decided to change the format of this year’s awards to a talk-show style presentation to achieve a more intimate knowledge of the winners and the impact that they have had on our sector. Furthermore, ACT will be selling tickets to the general public so that they can share in this momentous event.

In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Awards, an ImpACT Award winner will be revealed on the evening of the event.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards are given to people who have consistently contributed to, sustained, grown and defined the South African arts and culture sector over the course of their lives. Many of them have faced incredible personal, financial and political hardship in order to carry out the work that they do and ACT would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the significant contributions that these people have made. ACT is thrilled to announce the following Lifetime Achievement Award Winners:

  • Arts Advocacy (sponsored by Creative Feel Magazine) Lindiwe Mabuza
  • Dance (sponsored by JT International) Adele Blank
  • Visual Arts (sponsored by Nedbank Arts Affinity) Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler of The Handspring Puppet Company
  • Music (sponsored by South African Music Rights Organisation [SAMRO]) Dorothy Masuku
  • Literature (sponsored by Dramatic Rights and Literary Organisation [DALRO]) James Matthews.

 

Tickets are limited so make sure you get your ACT AWARDS 20th Edition celebration ticket here (http://www.act.org.za/blog/act-awards-20-year-celebration-tickets/).

The Arts & Culture Trust would like to thank all the sponsors that make this event possible. Further details about the Lifetime Achievement Award Winners will be released in the following weeks.

 

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