The National Arts Festival officially winds up at midnight today after a month-long digital feast of the arts that saw dance, music, performance, visual art, jazz, comedy, children’s theatre, illusion, discussion and more on its digital Festival platform. The event culminated in a celebration of the new and exciting shows that debuted at this year’s Fringe Live and won Standard Bank Ovation Awards.
The Fringe is an independent platform on the Festival to which anyone can bring a show and sees a mix of seasoned performers, emerging artists and experimental events that together form the seed of South Africa’s future arts. After eighteen months of curtailed opportunities and restricted revenues, the Festival anticipated a smaller Fringe in 2021 – but it remained robust with 125 productions going to screen.
The Standard Bank Ovation Awards recognise the best of the Fringe – works that stand out for a variety of reasons that make a lasting impression on the judges, from being an audience pleaser to showcasing talent and technical skill. Standard Bank Ovation Awards are awarded throughout the Festival and works that have been awarded bear the Ovations stamp on their digital windows as a signal to audiences that they are watching an award winner.
At the close of the Festival, the awards emerge from this pool and receive Gold, Silver or Bronze Standard Bank Ovation Award recognition. This year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze winners are: