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Call for entries: 2020 Business and Arts South Africa Awards

Entries to the 2020 Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards, held in partnership with Hollard, are now open. This year’s Awards, which shine a spotlight on the imaginative and diverse ways that business partners with creative projects, events and initiatives, will be held entirely online for the first time in the event’s 23-year history.

“What hasn’t changed is the commitment of both BASA and Hollard to encourage excellence and innovation in the arts, as well as to promote those mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the art. The 2020 iteration is dedicated to the Awards’ mandate of identifying artistic best practice, as well as recognising and celebrating these partnerships.”

Savannah Feeke-Fortune, BASA’s Head of Marketing

Awards will be made in seven categories, including community development, innovation and beyond borders. All creative mediums will be considered – music, visual arts, dance, theatre, physical performance, architecture, fashion and design, as well as any other form of arts, culture and creativity.
     All entries must be done online at The deadline for entries is 17:00 on Monday, 21 September 2020. There is no entry fee. Winners will be announced in November 2020.
     Our partner Hollard has reiterated its commitment to the Awards: “Partnerships and the arts are in our DNA, which is why we are so excited to work with BASA again during one of the most unprecedented times in our global history. Our purpose is to enable more people to create and secure a better future,” says Heidi Brauer, Hollard’s Chief Marketing Officer.
     Hollard has announced that it will be donating a portion of the costs that would have been spent on this year’s event to artists via the Artist Relief Fund (an extension of the Supporting Grants programme). “We are passionate about ensuring that artists are able to continue creating and thus earning a livelihood,” Brauer says.

“The BASA Awards are not just sponsorship awards… Building a sustainable, results-driven partnership is far more challenging and requires an elevated level of commitment from both parties. This is what we want to see.”

Khanyi Mamba, BASA Awards Judge

For entry guidelines and further information about categories, eligibility and judging criteria, visit BASA’s Awards website at Interested applicants can also contact the Awards’ support team at or call 063 6696281.

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