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Women in Indigenous Art
This category honours and celebrates women whose work, be it music, painting, handicraft or other form, is created using indigenous materials based on traditional methods and meanings within the context of a given culture. It further recognises those women who might not be artisans themselves but have played a significant role in the promotion and sustainability of this art form.
Promotion of Language and Story Telling
This category highlights efforts used to promote and develop languages through artistic ways, often stretching the language to compel it to introduce new meanings. It rewards women who are giving exposure to under used languages. It further celebrates women who promote traditional ways of disseminating knowledge, wisdom and philosophies. It celebrates the gripping creativity of storytelling.
In this category we celebrate classical, popular and traditional dancers and promoters of dance who creatively push the boundaries of their genre into new levels. Whether it is Pantsula, Ballet or any other form, these artists embrace and excel in their chosen genre thus becoming synonymous with the art form itself.
Comedy has been the domain of men and yet we know how our mothers and sisters make us laugh. This category celebrates the women who take to the stage to make us laugh and demonstrate, in a sustained manner, originality in an art form where women have almost always been the butt of jokes. and the observant eye and sharp tongue of comedians.
Women in Film
Women in Film celebrates women’s contribution to the development of, and on-going participation in, South Africa’s film industry, as producers, writers, directors, cinematographers, sound engineers, editors and the many other key roles.
Women in Jazz
For a long time jazz was seen as a male domain. This category honours and celebrates women who have entered and contributed significantly to the world of jazz either through their performance, or through their involvement in the management and promotion of Jazz.
The category celebrates musicians who demonstrate a deep commitment to Africa and its traditions, who are original and innovative in their art form. It also recognises leading vocalists and instrumentalists involved in traditional music, other than African, that contributes to the diverse tunes of our nation.
Promotion of Arts in the Media
In a country grappling with profound socio-economic challenges, art and culture are often placed at the periphery of the public discourse. This category celebrates women who, through their work and practice, strive to promote art and publicise its crucial role in building a cohesive society.
The role played by art in the promotion of international relations is crucial. When diplomatic relations are established it is always on economic and cultural grounds. This category celebrates those who promote our creativity worldwide.