The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is proud of the previous Young Artists and Festival productions that are doing exceptionally well, locally and internationally.
The Baxter Theatre Centre’s hard-hitting adaptation of Strindberg’s classic, Mies Julie, written and directed by 2002 Standard Bank Young Artist award-winner Yael Farber, has received unprecedented acclaim both locally and internationally. Starring Thoko Ntshinga as Christine, Bongile Mantsai as John and Hilda Cronje as Julie; the production was awarded the title of the Best of the Edinburgh Fringe, and made the ‘Top Ten in 2012’ lists of both the New York Times and UK Guardian; and is currently enjoying a run in London. It continues to make waves at home where it recently completed a run at the Market Theatre, and won four Fleur du Cap Awards, nominated a further four times.
The exhibition Making Way opened at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in June 2012, curated by Ruth Simbao, Associate Professor at Rhodes University. The project explores the ways in which contemporary artists based in South Africa and China engage with new paths of movement, with economic and cultural shifts, and with the rise of new regimes, new leaders and new social and urban spaces. A new version of Making Way, including works in diverse media by internationally acclaimed Chinese artists, opened at the Standard Bank Gallery in January 2013.
Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance 2011 Mamela Nyamza has made headlines over the past couple of years. These include inclusion in Oprah Winfrey’s 2012 Power List