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GACA 2019

Ghana Arts and Culture Awards seeks to honour and appreciate the forerunners, brands and the current key players who have contributed greatly to the Arts and Culture Industry here in Ghana and beyond. This awards scheme will be based on selection of individuals who will be filing for nomination. The Ghana Arts and Culture Awards consists of 18 categories, including Honorary awards.

 

CATEGORIES

  1. TRADITIONAL DANCE GROUP OF THE YEAR
  2. TRADITIONAL MUSIC GROUP OF THE YEAR
  3. GHANAIAN  FASHION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
  4. GHANAIAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
  5. CULTURAL HERITAGE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
  6. CORPORATE SUPPORT FOR ARTS AND CULTURE OF THE YEAR
  7. OUTSTANDING CULTURAL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
  8. GHANAIAN ARTIST VISUAL
  9. CULTURAL TV PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR
  10. CULTURAL RADIO PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR
  11. ART FESTIVAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
  12. INDIGENOUS CATERER OF THE YEAR
  13. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
  14. HONORARY AWARD
  15. SPOKEN WORD ARTIST OF THE YEAR
  16. GHANAIAN MOVIE OF THE YEAR
  17. DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR
  18. ARTS AND CULTURE MEDIA OF THE YEAR (Photography, Television, Blog)

NOMINATION PROCESS

Nominations will be done based on public recommendation. This means the individual has to receive mentions on our social media platforms which will have his or her portfolio featuring.

SELECTION CRITERIA

It is vetted by a 3-9 member panel of distinguished industry leaders within the Ghanaian Arts and Culture industry. Nomination is done based on how positively influential the projects of these individuals and brands have been on the Arts and Culture industry in Ghana.

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NAF 2019 to be staged in Grahamstown -SA

2019 National Arts Festival

The 45th National Arts Festival will take place in Grahamstown from 27 June to 7 July 2019.

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  • If you’re attending the Festival as an artist, we suggest a visit to the Artist Zone where you can access the information you need.

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About The National Arts Festival

Festival audience members leave the Drill Hall / Photo: Jan Potgieter

Photo: Jan Potgieter

Welcome to Makhanda!

Home to more than 40 religious buildings, Makhanda is also affectionately known as the City of Saints. Formerly known as Grahamstown, the city was renamed Makhanda after the Xhosa chief and warrior best known in history for leading the ‘Battle of Grahamstown’ in 1819.

Two hundred years after its establishment as a military outpost, these days it is sometimes mistaken for a sleepy university town on the East Coast of South Africa. For 354 days of the year that is – for the remaining 11 days it completely transforms and explodes across 90 venues to become Africa’s largest multi-arts festival, attracting more than 200 000 visitors, who are here for more than 2 000 performances on a programme of more than 600 events.

Open to all

The National Arts Festival has always been open to all regardless of race, colour, sex or creed. As no censorship or artistic restraint has ever been imposed on works presented in Makhanda, the National Arts Festival served as an important forum for political and protest theatre during the height of the Apartheid era.

How it began

The Festival traces its origins to back to 1974 when the 1820 Settlers National Monument was officially opened. Conceived as a living memorial to the 1820 British settlers, and built on a hillside overlooking Makhanda, the Monument building housed the inaugural festival that same year. It has effectively remained the heart of the Festival since then. Following a fire in 1994, it was rebuilt and officially re-dedicated by Nelson Mandela in May 1996. The transcript from his speech reads as follows:

There are monuments which stand as mute pointers to a fixed and ever-receding past. Devoid of life, they have little meaning outside the history books and the minds of learned people. This National Monument is not of that kind … Pawns in a larger game, the 1820 Settlers came to the part of Africa at the behest of an imperial power seeking to use its own poor and unemployed in a bid to advance conquest and imperial ambitions.

Though their own impulse to freedom rendered them largely unsuitable for that task, they were nevertheless caught up on the wrong side of history, unable or unwilling to acknowledge as equals those into whose homeland they had been implanted. The founders of the monument two decades ago sought to redeem that limitation, without denying it, by dedicating the monument to the universal application of the ideals which the English Settlers cherished for themselves. Today, our country a democracy, and our people masters of their own destiny, we are re-dedicating the monument to the universality of those ideals at a time when we are working together to make them a reality for all. – Former President Nelson Mandela

And now…

In 2002, the Festival was renamed the National Arts Festival, and is now an independent Section 21 company that has an unrivalled reputation as the leading African showcase of local and international creativity.

Spread over 11 days and across 90-odd different venues in Makhanda, the Festival enjoys strong participation from artists from all of South Africa’s nine provinces as well as a number of international artists and audiences visiting South Africa.

According to a study on the impact of the National Arts Festival [PDF] conducted by Rhodes University Economics Department, led by Professors Geoff Antrobus and Jen Snowball, the Festival is a significant driver of the economy of the City of Makhanda and the Eastern Cape Province, contributing an estimated R377.15-million to the province’s economy (2016).

Other key findings of the study include:

  • Main and Fringe shows were rated highly or very highly by more than 80% of visitors
  • More than 80% of visitors said the Festival builds Cultural and Social Capital; 72% Social Cohesion and 69% inter-cultural understanding.
  • 99% of those interviewed said they would recommend the event to others.

The Main, the Arena and Fringe programmes

The Main

Eastern Cape traditional performances at the Festival are always a strong drawcard / Photo: CuePix

Photo: CuePix

The key Festival programme comprises a Main and Fringe programme. The Main Programme showcases curated works that have been selected by an Artistic Committee after a lengthy application and consideration period.

A parallel process by the Festival’s Executive Producer results in the Festival Selection, works that include productions made possible by partners and sponsors as well as a selection of plays or initiatives necessary to complete the programme both for artistic as well as strategic reasons.

Dance, theatre, music, performing art and visual art are all represented in this mix and audiences flock to these popular shows that include the work of the Standard Bank Young Artists. The Main Programme features international work as well as brand-new work from South Africa’s top talent.

The Arena is part of the Main Programme and showcases the work of previous winners of the National Arts Festival’s Standard Bank Ovation Awards. The Film Festival, a curated collection of films from South Africa and abroad that are selected for their content and creativity or reflect some of the themes and ideas in the Festival’s stage programme.

The Student Theatre portion of the programme is a platform for interesting new work from the universities and colleges of South Africa. Expect to see young creatives flexing their muscle both on stage and behind the scenes as they receive an invaluable introduction to the experience of performing at the Festival.

The Fringe

Children's theatre at the National Arts Festival

The Fringe, with is diverse mix of works across genres, is on an equal footing with the Main programme. Brand-new as well as seasoned performers and directors can just as easily be found on either programme, and a slot on the Main programme one year does not preclude a return to the Fringe the next. The distinguishing feature of the Fringe is that it is open to all and exempt from the selection and curation processes that apply to the Main programme. Fringe participants are responsible for their own costs and 85% of their box office sales accrue to them directly. They are liable for certain payments for venue hire and registration fees.

World Fringe Alliance

The National Arts Festival is part of the World Fringe Alliance and draws on a pool of Fringe talent and talent-spotters to stimulate an exciting and innovative global energy for both performers and audiences.

Along with NAF, other member festivals are: Adelaide FringeAmsterdam Fringe FestivalBrighton FringeCape Town Fringe FestivalEdinburgh Festival FringeFringe World Festival (Perth, Australia), Hollywood Fringe Festival, and Prague Fringe Festival.

Ghana Arts and Culture Awards

Ghana Arts and Culture Awards seeks to honour and appreciate the forerunners, brands and the current key players who have contributed greatly to the Arts and Culture Industry here in Ghana and beyond. This awards scheme will be based on selection of individuals who will be filing for nomination. The Ghana Arts and Culture Awards consists of 19 categories, including Honorary awards.

CATEGORIES

  1. CULTURAL DANCE GROUP OF THE YEAR
  2. CULTURAL MUSIC GROUP OF THE YEAR
  3. GHANAIAN  FASHION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (MALE & FEMALE)
  4. CULTURAL HERITAGE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
  5. CULTURAL INFLUENCER BRAND OF THE YEAR (ENTITY)
  6. OUTSTANDING CULTURAL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
  7. CULTURAL TV PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR
  8. CULTURAL RADIO PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR
  9. ART FESTIVAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
  10. OUTSTANDING AFRICAN ART
  11. AFRICAN HOTELIER OF THE YEAR
  12. INDIGENOUS CATERER OF THE YEAR
  13. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
  14. HONARARY AWARD
  15. CULTURAL POET OF THE YEAR
  16. OUTSTANDING CULTURAL MOVIE OF THE YEAR
  17. OUTSTANDING CULTURAL INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
  18. DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR
  19. ARTS AND CULTURE MEDIA OF THE YEAR (Photography, Television, Blog)

NOMINATION PROCESS

Nominations will be done based on public recommendation. This means the individual has to receive mentions on our social media platforms which will have his or her portfolio featuring.

SELECTION CRITERIA

It is vetted by a 3-9 member panel of distinguished industry leaders within the Ghanaian Arts and Culture industry.

Nomination is done based on how positively influential the projects of these individuals and brands have been on the Arts and Culture industry in Ghana.

The award is based on how the individual or brand has made significant contributions to the Arts and Culture industry in Ghana.

Year of Return launched in Ghana.

Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a major landmark marketing campaign targeting the African – American and Diaspora Market to mark 400 years of the first enslaved African arriving in Jamestown Virginia. The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) under the Auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is leading the project in collaboration with the Office of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President, the Panafest Foundation and the Adinkra Group of USA.

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