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View the full list of Standard Bank Ovation Award winners for 2022

The closing weekend of the National Arts Festival celebrated the stamina, creativity and energy of South African artists with the Standard Bank Ovation Awards. The late-night Awards took place after the last shows of the evening on 2 July and was packed with artists and supporters waiting to find out who the overall winners would be.

Throughout the Festival, Standard Bank Ovation Awards are given to productions on the National Arts Festival’s Fringe programme that are noticeable for being a cut above, well received by audiences, and that leave a lasting impression. Audiences also note Standard Bank Ovation Awards when deciding what to see on the programme. On the last night of the Festival, winners gather to hear who among them will receive the Gold, Silver and Bronze Ovation Awards.

The National Arts Festival’s Fringe programme is made up of shows that are independently produced and funded. A panel of reviewers see every show on the Fringe and meet daily to compare reviews and discuss the awarding of winners who are notified as soon as they are awarded. This year’s panel was jointly convened by Ranique Roberts and Kutlwano Kepadisa. The panel saw 128 shows in nine days.

‘I adjudicated a performance and left in tears. Not only was I moved by the performance, but also the heartfelt energy the patrons shared. Dancing and singing along, I looked around the room in admiration of how this performance had brought together every single person in the room, no matter their age, race or background. It was a full realisation that the arts are back!’

Standard Bank Ovations Awards panel co-convenor Ranique Roberts

Kutlwano Kepadisa noted that, ‘the Standard Bank Ovation Awards really affirm the work that artists do; encouraging them to keep creating and producing. There were some incredible productions at this year’s Festival and a lot of them from young unknown and upcoming creatives. The Ovation Awards are an endorsement of quality to shows which may otherwise not have been seen or known. It has been an education being involved in this year’s Ovation Panel.’

View the full list of Ovation Award-winning shows below.

GOLD Standard Bank Ovation Awards

Île
SPARK IN THE DARK

Malifezeke
IPHUPHO L’KA BIKO

Nakanjani
GAUTENG DSRAC

Emsini
THAPELO TSHITE ARTS DEVELOPMENT

SILVER Standard Bank Ovation Awards

Impossible!
BRENDON PEEL ENTERTAINMENT

The Gukurahundi Genocide
ULOYIKO THEATRE AND PROJECTS

The Vocal Explosion (Amazing Grace)
ASANDA MQIKI

Whistleblowers
AFDA – JOHANNESBURG

My Weight and Why I Carry It
FISHNET FEATURES

Matchbox
RHODES UNIVERSITY DRAMA DEPARTMENT 

May I Have This Dance
THE OUTLINE

Moodship
GARY THOMAS 

NSFW – Not Safe for Woke
KG MOKGADI

Asinamali
NORTH WEST DEVELOPMENT AGENCY 

BRONZE Standard Bank Ovation Awards 

Kgetho
EMFULENI ARTS CREATIVES 

Swaringana
SIKHUTHALI OLIVER BONGA & WALTER STRYDOM

We’re Back with Goosebumps A Capella
NWU ARTS

I.N.C.O.K.O
EZINYAWENI ZAM

Fragments
STACEY VAN SCHALKWYK

Intlombe
ANDY NDLAZILWANA

Piano Classics
BEST OF BOTH CONCERTS

Afrika Sings!
SONWA SAKUBA INSTITUTE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Nomapondo
AMANDLA DANCA TEATRO ZA

Vincent
WELA KAPELA PRODUCTIONS

Nombasa
NOMBASA M PRODUCTIONS

BLUE Standard Bank Ovation Awards

Mamlambo
WALTER SISULU UNIVERSITY DRAMA SOCIETY Walter Sisulu

Undead Generation
FIVE SIDED RECORDS

Basiccity Band
BASICCITY

The Story of Eva Cassidy
WELA KAPELA PRODUCTIONS

Ghetto the Musical
THE EASTERN CAPE THEATRE ENSEMBLE

Can’t-Centrate
YAASEEN BARNES

Hiding in the Dark
MANNINI NKATA

The Children’s Monologue
OY!THEATRE, A PROJECT OF THEATRE ARTS

The Cracked Vase
CONNECTING STREAMS

Stay at Home Comedian
DALIN OLIVER

Classical Dreams
KWANTU DESIGNS

The full 2022 Standard Bank Ovation Awards panel was:

  • Ranique Roberts
  • Kutlwano Kepadisa
  • Kuhle Ngqezana
  • Thembani Buka
  • Monwabisi Bangiwe
  • Laura Woodhouse
  • Thoko Sipungu
  • Anda Mtshintsho
  • Selloane Lalu Mokuku
  • Unathi Fumabatha
  • Sonwabiso Sakuba
  • Sindiswa Matanda
  • Asakhe Cuntsulana
  • Sibusiso Mkhize
  • Lieva Staker
  • Masixole Heshu

The National Arts Festival ran from 23 June to 3 July 2022 and was a live festival after a two-year hiatus during which the Festival went online during COVID-19. For more visit nationalartsfestival.co.za 

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