OPEN CALL: 2020 ACT Awards Nominations

2019 Arts & Culture Trust Awards
Maslow Hotel, Sandton.
22 February 2019
Photograph: John Hogg.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) invites its stakeholders and the public at large to nominate individuals for the 22nd ACT Awards. Held annually in recognition and celebration of excellence in South African arts, culture and creativity, the ACT Awards are one of ACT’s flagship programmes and have since 1998 recognised and honoured outstanding achievements and contributions to the sector.

The ACT Awards are divided into two major segments: the ACT Lifetime Achievement Awards and ImpACT Award for Young Professionals. The ACT Lifetime Achievement Awards honour living arts professionals aged over 60 whose extraordinary careers in the arts and lifelong achievements have contributed significantly to the enrichment of cultural life in South Africa. These awards honour contributions in arts advocacy, dance, literature, music, theatre and visual arts.

The ImpAct Award for Young Professionals recognises artists aged no older than 35 who are in the early stages of careers that show promise of making meaningful contributions to the sector in the future. (more…)

Take a quick survey for ACT

The Arts & Culture Trust has been in existence for 25 years. In that time, ACT has built a reputation for itself as the country’s premier independent funder of the South African arts, culture and creative sector. We are taking this milestone occasion of a quarter-century of impactful work in the sector to rethink the way that we look.

Keeping the process as transparent as possible, we sent an open call to designers to imagine what ACT will look like in the coming 25 years. We have chosen three logos which we believe are the strongest to come out of this process. Now it is up to you.

Have your say and vote for the logo which you feel best represents ACT now and will do so in future.

Please take part in the online survey here (


The 5th Showbiz Entertainment Africa (SEAfrica) conference is an annual event dedicated to the development and growth of the entertainment industry in Africa. With exhibitions and networking sessions, the SEAfrica conference is the ultimate business meeting place for industry start-ups/small business, talent, managers, entrepreneurs, students and other role players in the entertainment industry looking for growth and to stay ahead of the dynamic and ever changing industry.

The event was launched in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2014 and has supplied its audience with a wealth of insight and information from the esteemed speaker panel of industry experts that it’s hosted throughout the years. SEAfrica has since been a pivotal part of the Joburg International Arts Alive Festival.



Former Acting Group CEO for SAMRO, Reverend Abe Sibiya, Johnny Clegg, Bronwen Harty – former ACT trustee and Rashid Lombard – ACT trustee. ACT Awards  2016, Lifetime Achievement Award for Music. 21 October 2016 Photograph: John Hogg/ ACT

Johnny Clegg, the barrier-breaking music and culture figure dies at 66

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is deeply saddened by the death of South African music and culture luminary Johnny Clegg, on Tuesday, after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 and is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jenny and their two sons Jesse and Jaron.

Clegg’s music career spans over three decades and he has sold more than five million albums worldwide. Besides being an incomparable figure in music, dance and culture, Clegg is also an anthropologist and is sometimes fondly referred to as Le Zoulou Blanc (The White Zulu).

To many South Africans, Clegg’s music was the soundtrack for the new South Africa. His music represented freedom and a united South Africa.

His iconic status earned him numerous awards from various international and local bodies for his contribution to music such as the Order of Ikhamanga from the South African government in 2012 and the Knight of Arts and Letters by the French government in 1991. In 2016 Clegg was also honoured with the ACT Lifetime Achievement Award for music (sponsored by SAMRO) to celebrate his extraordinary career that contributed significantly to the enrichment of cultural life in South Africa.

Marcus Desando, ACT CEO states, “ACT is proud to have had the opportunity to honour Johnny Clegg and his contribution as a barrier-breaking cultural figure. Mr Clegg has had a profound and lasting impact on music, not only in South Africa but world-wide. The music industry in South Africa would not be what it is today without the dedication and fearlessness of Johnny Clegg and his music.”


Lala ngoxolo mbokodo Nomhle Nkonyeni

David Dennis (l), Nomhle Nkonyeni (c), Eugenie Drakes (r) at the Arts & Culture Trust Awards, 22 February 2019 Image courtesy ACT/John Hogg.

 Nomhle Nkonyeni, who stood up against apartheid, using her craft of acting as a tool to speak against the regime passed away at 77 years-old after a prolific 58-year career.


OPEN CALL: Dancers invited to attend the ACT Creative (un)Conference

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) invites dancers to attend its Creative (un)Conference taking place on Saturday, 20 July in Maboneng, Johannesburg. The rigorous programme is a professional development workshop for dancers in their first 3 years of professional practice who are looking to raise their career profile and develop their business acumen as individual performers or choreographers. (more…)

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