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Arts awards entries open


Sne Mdiya

Entries for the 2020 Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards are now open.

This year’s awards, held in partnership with Hollard, will be held online for the first time in the event’s 23-year history.

BASA head of marketing Savannah Feeke-Fortune says what has not changed is commitment to encourage excellence and innovation in the arts, and promote partnerships between business and the arts.

“The 2020 iteration is dedicated to its mandate of identifying artistic best practice, as well as recognising and celebrating these partnerships,” Feeke-Fortune says.

Hollard’s chief marketing officer Heidi Brauer says their purpose is to enable more people to secure a better future.

“Our support for BASA is not only at an awards sponsorship level, we ensure that artists continue creating and earning a livelihood. This is why we have donated a portion of the costs that would have been spent on this year’s event directly to the artists, via the BASA Artist Relief Fund, so that they keep working on their craft and provide for their families,” Brauer says.

BASA Awards Judge Khanyi Mamba says the awards recognise collaborations between businesses and the arts. “Building a sustainable, results-driven partnership requires an elevated level of commitment from both parties,” she says.

All creative mediums will be considered, including music, visual arts, dance, theatre, physical performance, architecture, fashion and design, as well as any other form of arts, culture and creativity. Where sponsorship of a project, event or organisation has been shared, each of the sponsoring companies is eligible to enter.

BASA has introduced a streamlined application process via its new digital platform at www.awards.basa.co.za. Applicants need to register to enter, then follow the steps outlined online. Registration and entry is free.

The submission deadline is 5pm on 21 September 2020. The finalists and winners in each category will be announced in October and November 2020, respectively, the dates will be confirmed closer to the time.

For more information visit www.basa.co.za/awards or contact the support team at awards@basa.co.za or call 063 669 6281.