Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) surprise announcement stuns scholarship finalists
Guests and finalists enthusiastically attended the Nyoloha Arts & Culture (ACT) Scholarship Program Awards on the evening of October 8th. Looking forward, one of Randburg’s finalists would receive one of the grand prizes.
Just before the big announcement, ACT Acting CEO Jessica Denyschen made a surprise announcement. Denyschen revealed, “Not one, but two scholarships would be awarded, one in each of the art forms, namely visual arts and performing arts.”
Earlier this year, 89 young South Africans applied for the ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Program and, after auditions, 54 were selected to participate in a three-month online mentorship program. A final cut was made and 15 finalists were selected to eventually walk away with a fully paid scholarship worth R350,000 to study for a degree in arts at a South African arts institution of their choice. The scholarship was funded by Nedbank and Sun International and supported by Business and Arts South Africa (BASA).
Sounds of joy and applause arose after Liam Rose (20) of Randburg received the Visual Arts Scholarship award. He thanked ACT and program funders.
“We need more scholarships, there is a whole generation of young artists arriving. Thank you for entrusting me with this responsibility, I will do my best to make the most of it,” Rose said.
Performing artist Marang Khwene (19) from Pretoria received the performing arts discipline award. Both scholarship recipients have completed their secondary education at the National School of the Arts (NSA).
“The 15 finalists deserved to win. I hope the arts organizations and agents present at the ceremony will take them further,” said artistic director Mapula Setlhako.
Heidi Edson, Head of SED (socio-economic development) Sun International Group, said she was blown away and remembered by the immense talent in South Africa.
“Sun International is extremely proud and grateful to be part of the ACT Nyoloha Fellowship journey and thrilled for all of the finalists and of course the two winning artists. Congratulations to all finalists and the ACT team.
Denyschen explained that ‘Nyoloha’ means ‘to rise’ in Sesotho and told the finalists that they are the future of arts and culture in South Africa.
“I sometimes wonder where we are going in our country until I see such incredible talent rise. Thank you to everyone behind our youth. »