The ArtsCulture Trust content 2017

Arts funding gives budding performers the chance to set the stage alight, with the help of MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet.

On the 10th of October 2016, The Market Theatre came to life as six performing arts matriculants from across South Africa acted, danced and sang their way through the Arts & Culture Trust’s (ACT) Scholarship finals.

Thanks to funds raised through the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet Fundraising Programme, the independent arts funding and development agency ACT hosts an annual event that gives six budding performers the chance to set the stage alight with their talent, to help them realise their dreams and potential. 

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Performing Arts Scholarships Programme searches the country for six talented matric pupils who are coached by a dedicated team of professionals.  The event, hosted at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, gives each individual the opportunity to put their best foot forward in front of an illustrious panel of judges, and – possibly the biggest critics of all – a live audience.

 The ArtsCulture Trust Finalists

2016 Finalists 

The judges, comprising of Talent-ETC director and award-winning producer, Jennis Williamson; multiple award-winning local and international star of the stage and screen, Terence Bridgett; actress, singer and cabaret artist, Kate Normington; SAMA winning vocalist, producer and composer, Gloria Bosman; and creative catalyst and consultant, Brenda Sakellarides, were faced with some very difficult decisions.

After a tough final round in front of a live audience, Virtuous Kandemiiri from Gauteng was awarded the first prize Scholarship of R105 000, while Tamzin Williams of the Western Cape won a Scholarship worth R54 000  and Robin Castle from the Eastern Cape walked away with R40 000. The runners-up, Thandaza Silwane (KwaZulu-Natal), Sibusiso Nhlapo (Gauteng) and Jeani Heyns (Western Cape) also received funding to the combined value of R60 000 to help kick-start their tertiary education. “While this was a massive highlight and a wonderful end to a long process, it is merely the beginning,” says ACT CEO, Pieter Jacobs. “The real work starts now and the Arts & Culture Trust looks forward to supporting and mentoring these exceptional young performers while they prepare to enter the industry.”

The ArtsCulture Trust Winners

Tamzin Williams, Virtuous Kandemiiri & Robin Castle