Opportunity to get a fully funded Arts and Culture Trust Scholarship for 2023 beckons for matriculants

The time is now for the Arts & Culture Trust’s Nyoloha Scholarship Programme open call

By CityLife Arts Writer

The positive impACT that art has in shaping futures can now be accessed through the Arts & Culture Trust Nyoloha Scholarship Programme open call aimed at artistically inclined matriculants. Participants stand the chance to win a fully paid undergraduate scholarship to study at an arts institution of your choice in South Africa.

The open call for the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Nyoloha Scholarship Programme (NSP) 2023 is now open and will run until 10 March 2023. Applicants who wish to study towards a performing, visual or digital arts degree starting in the 2024 academic year must be between the ages of 17 to 25 years with a matric (university exemption), and not be currently registered at a tertiary or accredited institution. Apply today on the ACT website at www.act.org.za.

The ACT NSP is a partnership between ACT and Nedbank Arts Affinity that is sponsored by Nedbank and Sun International. The 2023 programme includes a category for digital arts candidates, who should prepare to submit their portfolios comprising of four artworks, while candidates in the performing arts category should prepare to submit two audition videos fitting the criteria.

This joint initiative creates an opportunity to fund higher education for young South African performers and visual and digital artists. One successful applicant in each category, ie performing arts and visual or digital arts, will receive a fully paid scholarship valued at no more than R350 000 to study at a tertiary or accredited South African arts institution of their choice. To qualify for the scholarship, you must not be considered a professional artist and cannot already be registered and studying at a tertiary or accredited institution.

Parental or guardian consent and a registration fee of R100 are required when applying to audition for a spot on the premium 2023 programme. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for virtual interviews via Zoom at a date and time to be scheduled. The programme is comprised of online training and mentorship with industry experts. Participants are required to engage actively and participate in tasks, which will be evaluated monthly using a rating system to choose the 15 programme finalists who will compete in a final performance showcase and visual or digital arts exhibition where the winners in each of the two categories will be revealed. The 15 finalists will all come to Johannesburg for the final week training and gala preparation with ACT covering flights, ground travel, accommodation and catering.

‘Historically, the arts and culture sector has positively impacted the shaping of futures for so many, but where does talent go without knowledge or education? Across various disciplines, the arts have nurtured and developed talent and have contributed significantly to job creation. A tertiary education exposes artists to a wide range of knowledge, resources and networks which greatly impacts the professional trajectory of a young artist.
The Trust together with our partners Nedbank and Sun International is committed to our newly introduced theme for this year ‘ImpACTing Futures,’ says ACT interim CEO, Jessica Denyschen. She added: ‘By positively impacting futures through programmes like the ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme, we offer hope and opportunity through education while also giving young people the opportunity to become active economic contributors.’

Fortnightly activities for the ACT NSP will be managed by ACT-appointed mentors who will engage regularly with mentees and provide professional support. In the final week of each month, the work undertaken by the mentees will be rated as part of the shortlisting exercise. Students who don’t make the ratings will continue with the programme, but they will not be eligible for the finals. The final week will be comprised of masterclasses facilitated by industry leaders and will be attended by the 15 finalists, culminating in a gala function to announce the two winners of a fully paid scholarship to study at an arts institution of their choice in South Africa.

ACT, together with long-term partner Nedbank and returning partner Sun International, strongly believes in supporting and enabling a resilient, knowleageable, professional and sustainable arts industry in South Africa. The ACT NSP rewards commitment, excellence and growth potential. In addition to the scholarships, it also offers research grants and the creation of an alumni network.

Previous finalists and winners of the scholarship programme include notable names such as Tankiso Mamabolo (musician), Tshepang Dean (musician), Dillon Windvogel (actor on Blood & Water) Rick Baloyi (visual artist), Liam Rose (visual artist) and Marang Khwene (dancer) who are all making waves in the creative industries.

Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing at Nedbank says: ‘Whether you are in the visual and digital arts, dance, drama, music, singing and performance, we encourage you to apply. In addition to giving yourself a chance at winning one of the scholarships, up to 75 applicants will receive life-changing professional training and mentorship to help them graduate as global citizens in the arts who not only excel in their artform but are also well prepared for the world of work. This includes self-development, people management, entrepreneurship, marketing and communication skills. The goal of the ACT Nyoloha scholarship programme is to help all of you to achieve a successful and sustainable career. ’As a key sponsor and founding member of ACT, Sun International is delighted to be part of the Nyoloha programme again this year and contributing towards ‘ImpACTing Futures’. Heidi Edson, Group Socio-Economic Development (SED) Manager at Sun International says: ‘Socio-economic development is an important pillar for Sun International and with it our commitment to the upliftment of youth through education. Sun International is a founding member of ACT, and we sponsor their projects on an annual basis. We fully support the growth and development of South Africans through ACT’s various programmes and initiatives.’

Apply today! Visit www.act.org.za and start positively impACTing your future! #ACTnyoloha #actstrat #ACTSAtalent #NedbankArtsAffinity.
Thandiswa Mazwai takes A Letter to Azania after its success in Gauteng
By CityLife Arts Writer
Thandiswa Mazwai is coming to Cape Town, bringing her previously sold-out show A Letter to Azania to the Artscape Theatre on the 25th of February, 2023 at 20:00. Tickets are R350 – R600 on Computicket.

“We are so excited to finally bring this production to Cape Town. Fans are in for a show like never before.” Says the legendary singer.

A Letter to Azania is a music special by musician and cultural figure Thandiswa Mazwai. It tracks a letter the singer is writing to “Azania” as a place of freedom that she says “Takes the audience on a sonic exploration of the utopian idea of Azania while expressing the melancholy that comes with a dream deferred.” Centring love, the show opens with the words of revolutionary Ché Guevara, “the revolution is driven by great feelings of love” and Thandiswa adds “a love for the people, a love for country, and a love for justice.” Thandiswa uses her music to “Create new worlds and calls us all to awaken our imagination and remember the teachings of old as we forge a new world. “

In this audio visual experience curated by Thandiswa in partnership with the ArtscapeTheatre, “Expect a range of sounds that have influenced my recordings and performances over the years: Jazz, Kwaito, Afro Funk, Reggae, Gospel and Traditional music. ” There will be songs from her own albums, such as Nizalwa Ngobani, Transkei Moon, Ingoma, Jikijela, and renditions of tracks by some of her favourite musicians. “In the same spirit as Natalie Coles “unforgettable”. This show includes a duet performance with the late great Hugh Masekela”

Thandiswa Mazwai has long been one of the most influential musicians on the South African music scene. She began her career in 1995 with Bongo Maffin, one of the pioneering bands of the Kwaito era. After 6 award-winning albums with Bongo Maffin she ventured onto a solo career. Her first project Zabalaza (2004), reached double platinum status and won numerous awards, including a Kora award for Best African Female and four South African Music Awards. Her sophomoric release Ibokwe (2009) and third album Belede (2016) reached gold status within a few weeks of release. Thandiswa has performed all over the world at venues including: the FIFA 2010 World Cup Opening Ceremony, the Apollo Theatre, Radio City Hall, The Cannes Film Festival, Africa Express, BBC World Music Awards, TED, Afropunk, Carnegie Hall Citywide Festival, among others. She has shared the stage with legends like Salif Keita, Hugh Masekela, Busi Mhlongo, Stevie Wonder, Cesaria Evora, Paul Simon, and many others.

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