The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) will award nominated artists at the Eastern Cape Provincial Cultural Awards that will be held at the International Convection Centre (ICC), East London on 15 December 2018, 18h00. 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 Department received from the public about 70 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 awardees for each category.
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.
DSRAC MEC Bulelwa Tunyiswa will honour the event and she is thrilled to award these outstanding cultural practitioners who have played a big role to fly the Eastern Cape flag high in the cultural sector. "The Eastern Cape Provincial Cultural Awards is highest level of provincial recognition for cultural excellence that an individual, group, organisation or institution can receive. The major focus of the award is on creative and professional excellence."
"Cultural diversity remains the Eastern Cape's strength in attracting tourists at this crucial time of the year. This unique selling point for the province has to be protected at all costs. 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."
Some of the cultural practitioners who won at the previous edition of the awards beginning of the year includes Daily Dispatch traditional affairs correspondent Lulamile Feni for the cultural journalist, Slo Foot Jazz Band in the jazz category and Nosipho Mirriam – Ganiso for 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) and the East London Guild Theatre.
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