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Kyle Shepherd Trio launches double album at Wits
21-Jul-2014

Renowned South African pianist and composer, Kyle Shepherd, launches his new album, 'Dream State' in Johannesburg on Saturday, 26 July 2014.

In celebration of the 5-year Anniversary of his Trio, Kyle Shepherd, one of South Africa's leading progressive Jazz pianists and composers of his generation, launches a brand new Double Album, entitled 'Dream State' with a concert at The Wits Great Hall, Wits University on Saturday, 26 July 2014, 20:30. Presented by Wits Theatre, this show is one of the highlights of the Wits 969 Festival programme.

Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winners 2014
16-Oct-2013

The National Arts Festival last night named an unprecedented eight young South Africans winners of the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award, bringing to 125 the total number who have been honoured since Standard Bank began sponsoring the Awards three decades ago.  

The Award is made annually to young South African artists who are either on the threshold of national acclaim, or whose artistic excellence has enabled them to make international breakthroughs. "Celebrating excellence, innovation and a refined technical skill and artistry rests at the heart of the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards. Each of this year's winners represent the vibrancy and sophistication with which South Africa's artistic and cultural legacy continues to be enriched" said Festival Artistic Director, Ismail Mahomed.

Standard Bank Young Artists 2013 to help define South Africa’s cultural identity
15-Nov-2012

The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards have again been presented to a select group of young South African artists who are either on the threshold of national acclaim or whose artistic excellence has enabled them to make international breakthroughs. This year, an award for Performance Art has been presented for the first time.

"This year's group of Standard Bank Young Artists are celebrated for their vibrant and cutting edge creativity, their amazing intricacy of creative expression and their enormous talents which contribute to developing a stronger and more prosperous creative economy, and also to making a significant contribution towards defining our country's cultural identity," says National Arts Festival Director, Ismail Mahomed.

Trapped
27-Mar-2012

"Everyone wants to be free. Free from pain, free from suffering, free from destruction, free from rules, free to choose, free to move, free to be. In a world only known to them we hear the stories of those torn between the past and the demand of living in the present. As they try to find ways and seek guidance from others to break the chains that keep them from moving forward. We meet characters like Diva, Woman, Tata, Mr Personality, The Soldiers, The Twins, all presented in ten different exhibits, each one able to stand on its own. Universal topics are explored, topics that can make one feel like they are trapped with no way to get out.

What they don't realise is that they truly have all the freedom in the world, to do, be and have anything they want. Unfortunately there are rules, some rules may make one feel like they are trapped in a strait-jacket which keeps them from fully engaging in life. It's a tough world, it's either they follow the rules or they make their own". Zinzi Mhlongo, in a blog, "Getting to know Princess Zinzi Mhlongo" published on our website in February. (http://www.blog.standardbank.com/arts/2012/02/getting-know-princess-zinzi-mhlongo)

On The Shoulders Of Giants: Standard Bank Young Artists 2012
03-Nov-2011

The 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners were announced in Johannesburg last night, hosted by Standard Bank. All the winners said that they are honoured to follow in the footsteps of the past winners of this prestigious award.

"The Standard Bank Young Artist Award continues to remain South Africa's most heralded accolade," said National Arts Festival Director, Ismail Mahomed. "Bestowed to recognize and award excellence in the arts, the Award over the past 28 years has given added impetus to the careers and artistic voices of artists who have made strong impressionable footprints in both the South African and the international arena," he added.

Africa music tour 2010 Standard Bank Group Young Artistis: Quattro Fusion
11-Jan-2010

Standard Bank Young Artist award winners for 2010 Melanie Scholtz and Samson Diamond will be touring selected African countries in a collaborative project between Standard Bank Group (also trading as Stanbic Bank) and the Alliance Francaise.

The Quattro Fusion tour will see the combination of the musical talents of jazz winner, Scholtz, and classical music winner, violinist Diamond, with fellow South African musicians, pianist Melvin Peters and percussionist Godfrey Mcgina.

2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners embody cross-pollinated creativity
05-Nov-2009

The newly announced Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners for 2010 embody a group of artists that are multi-talented, collaborative and eclectic. These artists personify the era of creative cross-pollination that is fast becoming the new standard of artistic expression in the emerging arts-leadership generation.

The 2010 Standard Band Young Artist Award winners were announced last night at a function hosted by Standard Bank at the impressive Emoyeni Conference Centre in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Graphic artist scoops Young Artists Award for visual art
05-Nov-2009

Michael MacGarry, 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Visual Art, is proof that creativity cannot be confined.

This 31 year old Johannesburg-based visual artist, graphic designer and author draws from various creative wells to unpack and critically analyze contemporary socio-political and economic narratives on the African continent through his visual creations.

SA’s own “Geppetto” wins Standard Bank Young Artist Award for theatre
05-Nov-2009

Janni Younge has allured young and old into the world that she masterfully creates through puppetry. This year, she adds the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre 2010 to her long list of accolades. 

"I'd like to create a piece of theatre which touches on the fragility and beauty of the experience of being alive as a human being in the world," said Younge about what she would like to achieve with the Young Artist Award. "I'd also like to use the opportunity to generate awareness about the magic that can be created when different art forms are brought together."

2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for jazz sings to change the world
05-Nov-2009

The 2010 Standard Bank Young Artists Award winner for Jazz, Melanie Scholtz, is one of South Africa's rapidly rising musical stars.

Melanie Scholtz graduated cum laude from the UCT Opera School, and is a vocalist grounded in the down-to-earthiness of the blues, R&B and legendary jazz singers like Dee Dee Bridgewater and Billie Holiday.

2010 Young Artist Award winner for dance straddles spaces seamlessly
05-Nov-2009

34-year old Durban born-and-bred Mlu Zondi is the 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for dance. 

This dynamic, out-of-the-box performer moves seamlessly between the stage, gallery and public spaces, and challenges the boundaries of the dance discipline with his cutting edge performance art, video and multimedia installations.

Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for film shatters boundaries
05-Nov-2009

Claire Angelique, 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for film, is an explosion of boundary-pushing creative expression, in the most literal sense of the word.

Angelique is not only one of South Africa's edgiest upcoming scriptwriters and filmmakers, but also an award-winning choreographer, dancer and video-artist. In between juggling multiple creative careers, she has managed 15 bands and DJ's, coordinated national community radio youth programmes, ventured into public relations, and writes for many of the major contemporary South African arts, music and entertainment publications. All of this at barely 30!

Violinist from Soweto adds the Standard Bank Young Artist Award to his Bow
05-Nov-2009

Samson Diamond is an internationally acclaimed violinist with a string of awards to his name. His latest accolade, ushering in his return to South African stages, is the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music 2010.

"This award is a wonderful validation and comes at a time when I am returning to South Africa to develop an audience from differing ends of the spectrum, both the classical and the light listener alike," said Diamond. "I must admit that it is truly unexpected, and wholly humbling that, having walked such a short path, I have been recognized."

2010 Standard Bank Young Artisit Award Winner for Jazz on the brink of National Acclaim
05-Nov-2009

The 2010 Standard Bank Young Artists Award winner for Jazz, Melanie Scholtz, is one of South Africa's rapidly rising musical stars.

Melanie Scholtz graduated cum laude from the UCT Opera School, and is a vocalist grounded in the down-to-earthiness of the blues, R&B and legendary jazz singers like Dee Dee Bridgewater and Billie Holiday.

Africa benefits from Standard Bank Young Artist Kesivan Naidoo's Jazz Tour
29-Oct-2009

West and East Africa is still recovering from South Africa's Kesivan Naidoo and his band Babu's whirlwind tour during October. The popular jazz quartet took their boundary-pushing jazz compositions, fused with Indian classical sounds, to music-lovers in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya.

This mini tour was the result of a new initiative that was launched this year in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards. This additional component to the awards, allows one of the winner's each year to participate in a tour of selected African countries.

Standard Bank Young Artist: 25
06-Aug-2009

'Standard Bank Young Artists: 25 (SBYA 25)', arriving fresh from the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, opens at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, on 6 August 2009, running until 19 September. The exhibition celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for the visual arts.

The award is inextricably linked to the National Arts Festival (NAF) in Grahamstown, which has run since 1974. It is granted to emerging, relatively young South African artists who have demonstrated exceptional ability in their chosen field. Five Roses initially sponsored the award, but when Standard Bank acquired the naming rights to the NAF in 1984, it automatically became the title sponsor of the award as well. The bank stepped down as title sponsor of the Festival in 2002 but retained the award due to the significant role they play in developing and promoting South African arts, culture and heritage.

Standard Bank announces the recipients of the young artist of the year awards for 2008
01-Jan-2008

Standard Bank, one of the leaders in arts sponsorship, announced the winners of the 2008 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards at a ceremony last night, marking 24 years of sponsorship of these awards.

South African artists and artistry were proudly celebrated as Standard Bank acknowledged and applauded the talent, and originality of these young South African artists. The awards actively encourage, promote and develop the aspirations of young artists, giving them not only a money contribution, but also recognition of their talent.

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