Black is beau­ti­ful at space­less awards

CityPress - - News - NOMPUMELELO MAGAGULA por­tia.magagula@city­press.co.za

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

(vis­ual art).

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.

PHOTO: MPUMELELO BUTHELEZI

THE BIG FIVE Kitty Phetla, Gabrielle Go­liath, Mandla Mlan­geni, Megan-Ge­of­frey Prins and Amy Jeptha are the five win­ners for 2019

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