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Catch the Ovation Award Winners until end August

by | Aug 2, 2021 | Arts & Culture, News | 0 comments

Ovation Award Winners can be viewed on the National Arts Festival Fringe platform, which remains open till end of August! Another way to #STAYSAFE and #STAYCONNECTED!

The National Arts Festival officially wound up at midnight on 31 July after a month-long digital feast of the arts. The Festival culminated in a celebration of the new and exciting shows that debuted at this year’s Fringe Live and won Standard Bank Ovation Awards.

The Fringe is an independent platform on the Festival to which anyone can bring a show and sees a mix of seasoned performers, emerging artists and experimental events that together form the seed of South Africa’s future arts. After eighteen months of curtailed opportunities and restricted revenues, the Festival anticipated a smaller Fringe in 2021 – but it remained robust with 125 productions going to screen.

The Standard Bank Ovation Awards

The Standard Bank Ovation Awards recognise the best of the Fringe – works that stand out for a variety of reasons that make a lasting impression on the judges, from being an audience pleaser to showcasing talent and technical skill. Standard Bank Ovation Awards are awarded throughout the Festival and works that have been awarded bear the Ovations stamp on their digital windows as a signal to audiences that they are watching an award winner.

At the close of the Festival, the awards emerge from this pool and receive Gold, Silver or Bronze Standard Bank Ovation Award recognition.

GOLD Award
The Shack by Totem Productions
Gone but not Forgotten by Gowar Creative Hub

Initiation by Is’Thatha Dance Project
Verloren by Spark in the Dark
The Core by AFDA Johannesburg
Wet & Dry by Cia Paraladosanjos
Mobile Inertia by Siphumeze Khundayi
Ruth by Love and Race Productions
Torinaoshi by Tsukuba Indy (LLC)
(extra) ordinary, (un) usual by F Creations
Old Soul Waiting by Mabu Art Foundation
Buya by Mathetha Dances

DE|COMPOSITION by Response-Ability/Revolution Movement
Dear Donald, Dear Hillary (Their Secret Correspondence) by Sally Vahle
The Joy of Symphonic Music – Concert 2 by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Lykele Temmingh
Umhlaba Ophezulu/Higher Ground by Iva Collective
Liminal – Documentary by Joy Film Productions
Dipalo_The Audio Version by Assitej SA
Acapella Street Corners by Chamber Ensemble

The event was staged virtually and streamed from Makhanda where some of this year’s Fringe works were also filmed. Guests were entertained by local performers Makhanda Kwantu Choir and singer Nombasa. The event was recorded and can be watched live HERE.

WHAT: Ovations Award Winners on the National Arts Festival Fringe Platform 
HOW: The National Arts Festival Fringe can be found HERE
WHEN: August 2021
INFO: Visit

See also: 11 days of Amazing 


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