Audience wowed by performances at Cultural Affairs Awards
The awards, hosted by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), celebrate and honour individuals and organisations who are making a significant impact in the field of arts, culture, language, heritage, museums and archives.
The evening was opened by the Head of Department, Brent Walters, who emphasized the importance of the various fields in contributing to social inclusion. “The institutions being honoured here tonight have demonstrated their effective impact on communities and we thank them for that. It is our responsibility to conserve arts and culture for future generations.” he said.
In her keynote address, Minister Anroux Marais stated the importance of honouring the department’s valued partners. “At the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, we strive to promote, advocate for and preserve cultural affairs and we cannot do so successfully and more importantly, sustainably without honouring those who ardently drives this very vision, mindful of all who call the Western Cape home. Tonight, we officially acknowledge, sincerely honour and celebrate with much admiration all of you and your proactive efforts to enhance the lives of others through cultural affairs.” she said.
Guests at the awards were treated to a variety of performances by organisations funded by the department, including the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Town Opera, Zip Zap Circus and Dance for All.
One of the highlights of the evening was when Minister Marais bestowed a Lifetime Achievement award on composer Trevor Jones. The full list of the evening’s winners can be seen here.
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