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The National Arts Festival Featured Artist Award

The National Arts Festival Featured Artist Award

Each year, the National Arts Festival celebrates the work of a Featured Artist – a South African artist who has consistently exhibited ground-breaking work and exceptional talent, helping to shape the arts narrative of the country. This is usually showcased at the Festival through a combination of previous and/or new works, forming a snapshot of their career in action.


  • 2019 – Visual artist Berni Searle [Read more]
  • 2018 – Performance artist and choreographer Mamela Nyamza [Read more]
  • 2017 – Musician and composer Neo Muyanga
  • 2016 – Theatre director Lara Foot
  • 2015 – The genre of satire
  • 2014 – Theatre director Sylvaine Strike
  • 2013 – Playwright Mike van Graan

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