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The Finals of the 2013 ACT/Dalron/Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships were held at the University of Johannesburg Arts Centre last week where R315 000 was awarded to three deserving winners to fund their tertiary studies in the performing arts.
After a gruelling week of rehearsals and a tough final round, Naledi Majola, Arlin Bantam and Kamogelo Nche were chosen as recipients of the Performing Arts Scholarships for 2013.
Six finalists were chosen through a country-wide audition process, and then coached by a dedicated team of professionals.
They then did their best to impress a live audience – possibly the biggest critics of all – and an illustrious panel of judges with their proficiency in singing, dancing and acting.
With support from the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (Dalro) and Nedbank Arts Affinity, the three winners will be supported to study a performing arts course of their choice at a South African tertiary institution.
They will also receive practical support beyond their studies, including representation by South Africa’s top talent agency Talent Etc.
The event was hosted by aspiring MC Altovise Lawrence. Like the six finalists, she was chosen from a strong pool of national contenders.
The sparkling Wits drama graduate also used the platform to showcase her best professional self in a production crafted by industry professionals Jacques Bessenger (artistic director) and Dawid Boverhoff (musical director).
The 2013 panel of judges comprised Kgomotso Christopher, perhaps best-known as Katlego Sibeko on SABC3’s Isidingo; television and radio personality, Rozanne McKenzie; manager of Talent Etc, Jennis Williamson; creative entrepreneur, David April; musical theatre performer and teacher, Nacia Kruger; and producer, director and ACT trustee, Themi Venturas.
The Scholarships Programme was hosted by UJ Arts & Culture at the University of Johannesburg with additional support from ClassicFEEL Magazine and Pink Room Productions.
• For more info on the scholarships programme please visit www.act.org.za