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Celebrations and awards close the 2019 National Arts Festival

Jul 8, 2019
Celebrations and awards close the 2019 National Arts Festival

Makhanda - The National Arts Festival closed on Sunday 7 July after an eleven day cultural binge of arts and entertainment. A sold out performance by Freshlyground and a free parade through the streets of Makhanda helped see out the Festival. 

Organisers say it's too early to report on how the Festival performed but the overall impression is that the 2019 National Arts Festival was resilient in tough economic times and very well received by audiences.

On Saturday night, the Standard Bank Ovation Awards celebrated artistic innovation, excellence, the exploration of new performance styles and the courage to open new conversations at the National Arts Festival. 

This year the Ovations panel (who anonymously visit productions on the Fringe) comprised 28 members including artists, theatre practitioners, academics and other experts in the cultural field. Theatre-maker Mandisi Sindo was the convenor of this year’s panel, and he was joined by co-convenors Tara Notcutt and Nondumiso Msimang

The Standard Bank Ovation Award ceremony honoured all the winners of Ovations recognised throughout the Festival’s run, and also named the winners of the prestigious Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. Special awards were also given across numerous categories.

Winning an Ovation Award is considered an important mark of quality work and the accolade forms a pathway from the Fringe to the Arena programme for which Ovation winners are invited to submit works. 

Says convenor Mandisi Sindo, “The National Arts Festival Fringe programme is and has always been the heart of the National Arts Festival.

"It gives platform and a space to all art practitioners from all art forms. The Fringe programme was made up of hundreds of productions including theatre, family fare, comedy, illusion, dance, contemporary music, music recital , poetry, visual art, film and physical theatre. Some from the development phase of creation and others already in the professional spectrum. This year's Fringe festival productions spoke strongly of the political and environmental issues that affect us all." 

This year’s outstanding Standard Bank Ovation Award winners were: 
 
Gold Standard Bank Ovation Award winners
XOVA – South African State Theatre 
 
Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award winners
FRUIT – Sketch Productions (Theatre)
WARONA – Ukwanda Puppets & Design Art Collective (Theatre)
UNFATHOMABLE by Alex Halligey and Athena Mazarakis (Theatre)
LOST & FOUND - Matchbox Theatre Collective and Theatre on Pointe (Dance)
 
Bronze Standard Bank Ovation Winners
CURRENTLY (G)OLD - Kwasha Theatre Company (Theatre) 
(W)ASEM - Terence Makapan  (Theatre) 
A PLACE OF KNOWING - Intsusa in collaboration with TheatreDuo (Theatre)
UMNOTHO THE ECONOMY - Young Outreach Artists (Theatre)
YOU SHOULD BE DANCING - FollowSpot Productions (Comedy)
 
 
Standard Bank Ovation Cut Above Winners 
QUAVA by Quava Vocal Choir (Music Recital and Review) 
UMTHOMBO - Amandla Danca Teatro ZA (Dance, Physical or Visual Theatre) 
BENNY BUSHWACKER – Mamba Productions (Comedy)
FAINT PATCH OF LIGHT - Sizile Arts Collective (Theatre) 
 
Standard Bank Ovation Ensemble Award Winners
Awarded to an ensemble cast 
The cast of CURRENTLY (G)OLD by Kwasha Theatre Company (Theatre)
The cast of PLACE OF KNOWING by Intsusa & Theatre Duo (Theatre)
The cast of UMNOTHO THE ECONOMY by the Young Outreach Artists (Theatre)
The cast of WARONA by the Ukwanda Puppets & Design Art Collective (Theatre) 
The cast of JEREMIAH FYAH ISES AND THE BAAKAHYAAD BAND by Jeremiah Fyah Ises (Contemporary Music)
 
Standard Bank Ovation Solo Award Winners
Awarded to a single performer
FRUIT – Matshidiso Mokoteli (Theatre)
HOW TO BE A POLITICIAN IN SOUTH AFRICA 2019 – Nkosinathi Maki (Comedy)
WHEN COASTS MEET– Khwezi Becker (Theatre)
(W)ASEM - Terence Makapan (Theatre)
BENNY BUSHWHACKER – Ben Voss  (Comedy)
 
Standard Bank Ovation Spirit of the Fringe Award
Awarded to performers or productions whose work represented the spirit and variety of the Fringe
THE BLIND DATEby the South African Library for the Blind 
JR NKOSI DUO by JR Nkosi
FollowSpot Productions
Rob van Vuuren 
Stuart Lightbody 
 
Standard Bank Ovation Award Winners 2019 
The full list of the productions that received Standard Bank Ovation Awards at the 2019 National Arts Festival are: 

Saturday 6 July
 
A FAINT PATCH OF LIGHT – Sizile Arts Collective
MAKHANDA KWANTU CHOIR: VOICE DANCE! – Kwantu Group
 
Friday 5 July
 
047 – Muthaland Entertainment
iGRUFFALO – National Arts Festival / Tall Stories UK
YOUR PERFECT LIFE – F Creations
BENNY BUSHWHACKER – Mamba Productions
UMNOTHO THE ECONOMY – Young Outreach Artists
(W)asem – Terence Makapan
WALLS & PILLOWS – Peo Entle Production
WARONA – Ukwanda Puppets & Design Art Collective
 
Thursday 4 July
 
XOVA – South African State Theatre
THE CHOCOLATE CHRONICLES – Siv Ngesi Productions
 
Wednesday 3 July
 
FRUIT – Sketch Productions
CLIQUE CLAQ
 
Tuesday 2 July
 
WHEN COASTS MEET
A STAR IS BORN – THE RISE AND FALL OF JUDY GARLAND – Wela Kapela Productions
JEREMIAH FYAH ISES AND THE BAAKAHYAAD BAND – Jeremiah Fyah Ises
CURRENTLY (G)OLD – Kwasha Theatre Company
 
Monday 1 July
 
NGUVU YA MBEGU – Abengcongolo Collective
UMTHOMBO – Amandla Danca Teatro ZA
FRIZZ POP – Frizz Pop Comedy
SAXMAN ANDREW YOUNG & BAND
HOW TO BE A POLITICIAN IN SOUTH AFRICA – 2019 – Maki Holdings (Pty) Ltd
THE SYRINGA TREE
 
Sunday 30 June
 
UNFATHOMABLE 
YOU SHOULD BE DANCING – FollowSpot Productions
 
Saturday 29 June
 
TATS IS CANCELLED – Siv Ngesi Productions
LOST & FOUND – Matchbox Theatre Collective and Theatre on Pointe
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD & THE BIG BAD METAPHORS – University of Pretoria
MOTHER EARTH – Nan Hua Temple
 
Friday 28 June
 
A PLACE OF KNOWING – Intsusa in collaboration with TheatreDuo
QUAVA VOCAL GROUP
 
2019 Student Awards 
The winners of the 2019 Student Awards were also announced at the Standard Bank Ovation Awards ceremony. They are: 

Best Writer

The writer of LE JOURNAL
The Market Theatre Laboratory 
 
Best Director 
 
Noluthando Mpho Sibisi for SALT - Rhodes University 
 
Best Actors
 
The cast of LE JOURNAL (Boipelo Mahabane, Khanya Zibaya, Khanyisile Malatsi, Khethukhuthula Jele, Miriam Mayet, Mosehlana Mamaregane, Mpho Khobane, Ndumiso Mazibuko, Sicelo Buthelezi, Wonder Ndlovu, Violet Moeng) 
The Market Theatre Laboratory 
 
Best Ensemble
 
The Ensemble of:

PHITLHO (THE HIDDEN) - Kuena Khama, Ipelegeng Leepile, Hlobile Makukule, Lehloanyane Mohapi, Koketso Motlhabane, Bathabile Ngxingweni, Maboroko Ramusi, Sebenzile Sibiya, and Jaco Van Zyl.
AFDA Johannesburg
 
Best Overall Student Production
 
SALT
Rhodes University 
 
The 2019 Standard Bank Ovations Awards panel were: 
Pesa Pheko, Mxolisi Masilela, Keabetswe Motlhale, Thami Mbongo, Alfredo Brillenbourg, Kgomotso Ditshwene, Sizwe Zuma, Tiisetso Tlelima, Phemello Hellemann, Michèle de Villiers, Themba Mbuli, Mziyanda Mancam, Chumani Mtshixa, Tsepiso Nzayo, Lonwabo Xatasi, Nomthandazo Nxabela, Tinyiko Barbara Ngobeni, Zizipho Matu, Bob Meijs, Bailey Snyman, Ralph Howell, Hannah Howell, Tara Notcutt, Hannah Ma, Steven Fales, Fundi Liphaphang and Mandisi Sindo.
Nondumiso Lwazi Msimang adjudicated the Student Theatre Awards. 
 
Looking to NAF2020

The 2020 National Arts Festival will take place from 25 June to 5 July. The Call for Proposals for 2020 National Arts Festival Main programme will be announced shortly. 

Image: Ovation Award winners and members of the Standard Bank Ovation Awards panel celebrate - download this image by Mark Wessels.  

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