The winners of the 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards were announced last night by the The National Arts Festival.

The winners are:
Luyanda Sibiya for Dance
Nduduzo Makhathini for Jazz
Kemang Wa Lehulere for Visual Art
Musa Ngqunqwana for Music
Athi Patra Ruga for Performance Art
Christiaan Olwagen for Theatre

The Award is made annually to young South African artists who are either on the threshold of national acclaim, or whose artistic excellence has enabled them to make international breakthroughs.

The announcement of each year’s Standard Bank Young Artist Awards offers a window into the dynamic vibrancy with which South African artists continue to use their talents and skills to resolutely raise the bar on artistic excellence in South Africa

says Ismail Mahomed Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival.

Apart from a cash incentive, each of the winners will be featured on the Main programme of the 2015 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown (2 – 12 July 2015), where they will be given the opportunity to develop and première new works.