#BASA22 Awards Winners announced

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This morning, Sunday 13 October 2019, the 22nd Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard, once again shone a spotlight on powerful partnerships in fourteen categories that demonstrate the multitude of ways in which business and the creative sector have successfully collaborated to make an impact.

Working with the theme ‘ALGO-RHYTHMS’, which refers both to algorithms in mathematics and computer code, and to rhythm in music, Ralph Borland was commissioned to design and produce the winners’ trophies for this year. Ralph is a South African artist, curator and interdisciplinary knowledge worker, who teases out issues of power, activism, social engagement via designed objects, the aesthetics of make-do and ad hoc design, and the pleasures of pop culture, sound and music, multi-media and sculpture, and collaborative artistic practice.

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The winners were announced an awards ceremony held at Beechwood Gardens in Hyde Park. The winners announced in 14 categories were as follows:

The Beyond Borders Partnership Award recognises a global-level partnership that builds brand reputation and audience for both the business and arts organisations across international borders, through an event or marketing project showcasing South Africa to Africa and the rest of the world, and/or bringing international arts projects to South Africa. The Business and Arts South Africa Beyond Borders Partnership Award is awarded to Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd and T Musicman for the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz.

The Cultural Tourism Award is for business support of an arts and culture projects, which contributes towards the growth of communities and jobs, and supports the opportunities provided by local tourism.
The Business and Arts South Africa Cultural Tourism Award is awarded to Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge and Madi a Thavha CraftArt with the collective of Venda and Tsonga artisans in Northern Limpopo, for the Partnership between Madi a Thavha CraftArt and Venda and Tsonga Artisans.

The Development Award recognises projects with an implicit educational and development element.
The Business and Arts South Africa Development Award is awarded to FNB Art Joburg and Fordsburg Artists’ Studios t/a Bag Factory Artists’ Studios for the David Koloane Award.

The First Time Sponsor Award is for a business supporting the arts for the first time, regardless of size, budget, and whether it is a corporate social investment, marketing, human resources, B-BBEE, or other.
The Business and Arts South Africa First Time Sponsor Award is awarded to Promise Branding Specialists and Moving into Dance for #Est 1978 – A Renewed Corporate Identity for 40-Year-Old MID.

The Increasing Access to the Arts Award celebrates a partnership that has encouraged specific audience engagement with the arts, or has made a significant contribution to brand, market and audience development, while still promoting the business through above-the-line media.
The Business and Arts South Africa Increasing Access to the Arts Award is awarded to MTN SA Foundation and the Imbali Visual Literacy Project for Imbali Artbooks: Adventuring into Art.

The Innovation Award recognises the most innovative and progressive partnership in all mediums of creativity; one that has served all the partners’ purposes effectively and has highlighted creativity and originality in the process.
The Business and Arts South Africa Innovation Award is awarded to BMW South Africa for partnering with Southern Guild

The Long Term Partnership Award celebrates a company that has significantly developed and expanded its commitment to an arts project over three or more years.
The Business and Arts South Africa Long Term Partnership Award is awarded to V&A Waterfront Holdings and the Craft and Design Institute for V&A + CDI – Building Inclusive Markets for Creatives.

The Media Sponsorship Award is for consistent and innovative support given by electronic, print, broadcast and web-based media.
The Business and Arts South Africa Media Sponsorship Award is awarded to DeskLink Media/Creative Feel and Vuyani Dance Theatre for 20 Years of Vuyani Dance, Looking Back to Move Forward.

The Small Business Award recognises support given to the arts by a small business.
The Business and Arts South Africa Small Business Award is awarded to Wlit Brewery t/a L7 Craft Beer and Baz-Art PBO for the International Public Art Festival.

The Strategic Project Award is for an outstanding initiative, with the best use of a project, which is an integral part of the business’s strategy.
The Business and Arts South Africa Strategic Project Award is awarded to BMW South Africa for partnering with Southern Guild.

The Sponsorship In-Kind Award recognises a business for significant support of an arts project that is non-monetary but quantifiable.
The Business and Arts South Africa Sponsorship In-Kind Award is awarded to Gearhouse Splitbeam (Pty) Ltd and Naledi Theatre Awards NPC for The 2018 Naledi Theatre Awards, for productions staged in 2017.

In addition to the above awards three BASA Special Awards are made annually at the discretion of the BASA Board of Directors.

  • The Diplomacy in the Arts Award given in recognition of foreign missions which contribute to the development and preservation of the arts in South Africa was awarded to the European Union Delegation.
  • The Art Champion Award for an individual whose achievement in the encouragement of business support for the arts has been outstanding was awarded to Linda Givon.
  • The Chairperson’s Premier Award presented in recognition of sustained and extraordinary commitment to the arts in South Africa, was awarded to the EOAN Group.

On the 2019 judging panel, chaired by Kojo Baffoe (entrepreneur, writer and former magazine editor) are Mandie van der Spuy (BASA Deputy Chairperson), Christina Kennedy (writer), Ismail Mahomed (CEO of the Market Theatre), Khanyi Mamba (BASA Non-Executive Director), Lerato Matsoso (Entertainment Editor for Sunday Sun and Daily Sun) and Mokgadi Seabi (PR & Corporate Communications: Africa at MultiChoice).

The Awards are audited by auditors Middel & Partners.

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