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MEC Bayeni to honor EC artists at 6th Annual Provincial Arts & Culture Awards

Feb 20, 2020
MEC Bayeni to honor EC artists at 6th Annual Provincial Arts & Culture Awards

East London - The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) MEC Fezeka Bayeni will honor more than 30 artists at the 6th Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture Awards on 21 February 2020 in East London International Convention Centre.

The Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture 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.

Highlighting the importance of the awards and what to expect at the gala event, MEC Bayeni indicated that, “in order to offer maximum exposure to those involved in culture, well-known local DJ’s, television and media personalities, leaders in administration of culture, etc. will be given an opportunity to hand over the awards to winners.

This will ensure that ownership of these prestigious awards will be spread as widely as possible. The Department aims to involve as many members and structures of civil society in its ongoing programmes.”

“As an objective the event will enhance and promote excellence in the arts and culture sector of the Province. It will inculcate a spirit to develop talent and excellence in the arts and culture sector. This in turn will lead to an improved quality and quantity of cultural experiences in the Province.

"Prospects of winning the prestigious award intends motivating budding artists and cultural practitioners as well as encourage the established artists and cultural practitioners to persevere and remain committed to the arts and culture sector,” said Bayeni.

The Department received from the public more than 180 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 Music, Indigenous Knowledge, Language, Visual and Performing Arts 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.

At the fifth edition of the awards, the former EC premier Nosimo Balindlela was awarded a Lifetime Contribution to Development and Promotion of Arts and Culture in recognition for her arts and culture activism in promoting Xhosa culture around the world.

Some of the professional and amateur categories are; visual arts, arts and culture journalism, music, dance, 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.

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