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FNB is a sponsor of the 2014 Aardklop National Arts Festival

FNB is a sponsor of the 2014 Aardklop National Arts Festival

First National Bank (FNB) is proud to announce the sponsorship of the Aardklop National Arts Festival. FNB has always been passionate about supporting and promoting the arts in all its forms, because artistic expression involves creativity and imagination - key drivers of innovation.

Since its inception in 1998, the Aardklop National Arts festival has been an important platform for artists from across South Africa to showcase their talent in artistic disciplines such as visual, musical or performing arts.

“We are proud to be associated with the Aardklop National Arts Festival. It is through sponsorships like these that we can encourage artists to pursue their dreams and get South Africans to support for the Arts,” says Bernice Samuels, FNB Chief Marketing Officer.

In addition to FNB’s sponsorship, part of the FirstRand Art Collection will be on show at Aardklop this year.  It is  a selection of the original collection of 52 watercolours and ink on paper bird works by Norman Lighton.  These were used as the illustrations for The Birds of South Africa by Austin Roberts, first published in 1940.  Lighton painted these between 1935 and 1938 and it is the first time it is on show to the public in 25 years. 

The book has been in print ever since the first publication in 1940 and there have been seven editions over the years.  In all, over 300 000 copies of the book have been sold making it one of South Africa’s most successful book ventures.

“Additionally, our involvement and contribution at one of the biggest Arts festivals in South Africa seeks to ensure that Aardklop continues to introduce South African artists to an array of creative influences and enthusiasts,” concludes Samuels.

FNB cheque and credit card holders also qualify for discounts on online purchases of festival and theatre production tickets, discount on art purchases at official FNB Arts venues and many other benefits at Aardklop. FNB is also proud and excited to announce that we will be launching our presence on Toeter at Aardklop this year, and we will be the very first bank to do so. 


Logo courtesy of www.volksrust-high-school.co.za.