Nominated artist are putting on the last touches to their traditional attire as they will be celebrated at the 3rd Eastern Cape Provincial Cultural Awards hosted by the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSARC) on Saturday, 24 February 2018 in East London, Guild Theatre. The Eastern Cape Provincial Cultural awards are held annually in recognition and celebration of individuals, groups, organisations or institutions who have played a role of enhancing and promoting professional excellence in the arts and cultural sector of the Province.
Furthermore these prestigious awards honour artists whose extraordinary careers have had a profound and lasting impact on arts and culture. The MEC Dr.(h.c) Pemmy Majodina highlighted the importance of honouring artist who have worked tirelessly to preserves our own culture. “It is with great pleasure that we are convening this year on the 3rd Eastern Cape Provincial Cultural Awards, to give excellence to women and men of stature who have managed to embrace, preserve and advance our own culture, because culture is who we are and our heritage defines ‘ubuntu’ as we celebrate the centenary year of Tata Mandela and Mama Sisulu.
The Department received from the public more than 380 nominations for 23 different categories. Nominations were open to any person who has achieved in any of the different categories provincially, nationally or internationally. A team of 7 adjudicators’ who are professionals in the Arts, Culture, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage genres selected the winner for each category. Ms Jennifer Rowland a lead adjudicator is pleased with the response, “the response was good and as adjudicators, we felt that it would be great to have more entries in other categories,” says Ms Rowland. Winners will be announced and awarded at the event in recognition and acknowledgement for their excellence, this includes an individual whose lifetime has contributed significantly to enrichment of cultural life in the Eastern Cape.
Last year’s lifetime awardee was Ms Nomhle Nkonyeni, a renowned veteran actress from Port Elizabeth who has shared her gift with audiences in the country and the international community for the past four decades.
Some of the professional and amateur categories are; visual arts, cultural journalism, music, dance, sign language development and promotion.
Cultural diversity remains the Eastern Cape’s strength in attracting tourists and it should be protected by all means. Thus the awarding of home-grown artistic excellence reinforces the Department’s commitment to protect the wealth of talent which may so easily be lost to other provinces.
The DSRAC is hosting these awards in partnership with the Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture Council (ECPACC), Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre (ECAVC) and the East London Guild Theatre.
The awards will be proceeded by a parade that will start in the afternoon from Oxford Street (next to Nando’s) to the Guild Theatre. Entrance is free and community members are invited to attend. Doors will be opened from 18:00 on Saturday, 24th February 2018, at the Guild Theatre.
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