Black is beautiful at spaceless awards
If you’re planning to attend the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards next year, you better go early or you won’t get a seat.
The venue this year, Epicure Restaurant in Sandton, was really too small for all the invited guests.Seats were first come, first served. Many had to stand.
We had to squeeze into where the band was seated and give them space when they had to perform ... But, besides that, the event was not bad at all.
Host actress Masasa Mbangeni was dressed in a baby pink skirt paired with purple shoes and a red top – some combination.
We noticed that the people who attend this event aren’t big on fashion. Black was the colour.
We asked why there were just five honourees. Standard Bank’s head of group sponsorship, Desiree Pooe, said: “To ensure the credibility of the awards programme we leave it to the National Arts Festival’s various committees to select the artists. It depends on who they define as potential recipients.
“It is a yearlong programme, during which they determine who stands out in his or her respective genre and then they monitor them.”
Recipients in this edition are Mandla Mlangeni ( jazz), Kitty Phetla (dance), Megan-Geoffrey Prins (music),
Amy Jephta (theatre) and Gabrielle Goliath
The Big Five, as they were referred to on the night, each receive a cash incentive and a commission to premiere new work or exhibit on the main programme of next year’s National Arts Festival, which will take place in Makhanda (Grahamstown’s new name) from June 27 to July 7.
THE BIG FIVE Kitty Phetla, Gabrielle Goliath, Mandla Mlangeni, Megan-Geoffrey Prins and Amy Jeptha are the five winners for 2019