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Entries open for Innibos National Craft Awards 2021


MBOMBELA - Entries are now open for the fifth Innibos National Craft Awards, supported by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC).

The competitio­n was launched in 2017 and attracted over 1 300 entries from across South Africa in 2020.

The awards are organised by JohnAnthon­y Boerma and Jan Bhuda of ArtAid Africa and are hosted by the National Innibos Arts Festival.

“From the start, it was our intention to create a platform for crafters to highlight their work and to show the world just how much talent there is in South Africa. One of our primary goals was to keep the competitio­n as inclusive as possible, which we achieve by not charging an entry fee and keeping the entry process as simple as possible,” said Bhuda.

DSAC’s partnershi­p with the Innibos National Craft Awards was motivated by the department’s desire to encourage and stimulate creativity and innovation in the craft sector, which has the potential to help people break free from poverty and use their hands to create a livelihood.

Crafters have until midnight on

August 13 to enter. Take a photo of the entry next to a matchbox for size and scale, and either email it to or send it to 071-621-3597 via MMS or WhatsApp. There is no entry fee.

For more informatio­n, WhatsApp Bhuda on 071-621-3597 or email him at artaid@ To keep up to date with the Innibos National Craft Awards, like it on Facebook: @InnibosNat­ionalCraft­Awards and connect with it on Instagram: Innibos National Craft Awards.

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