Calling all matriculants, young performers and visual artists aged 17–25 years with a university exemption wishing to study towards an arts degree at a tertiary institution in South Africa.

Embark on the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Nyoloha Scholarship Programme’s Road to Sun City, which is supported by the Nedbank Arts Affinity, Sun City and Sun International, and you could win the opportunity of a lifetime: a fully paid scholarship to study at one of over 20 arts institutions across South Africa.

The journey starts with the open call on the ACT website on 26 April 2022, running for four weeks until 22 May 2022. Full details of the application process, a R100 registration fee, requirements and consent forms are available on the ACT website www.act.org.za/nyoloha and on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Terms and conditions apply.

The next stop is auditions (singing, acting, dancing) and interviews with portfolio presentations by visual arts candidates taking place in June 2022 via Zoom on selected dates scheduled by the trust.

Thereafter, all qualifying candidates who are successful in the audition process will continue the journey by participating in mentorship activities every two weeks from 25 June to 10 September 2022. The mentors will engage regularly with mentees and provide support. In the final week of each month the work undertaken by the scholarship hopefuls will be rated as part of the short-listing exercise to determined the 12 qualifying finalists.

The journey the takes a U-turn for students who don’t make the cut. They will continue with the programme, with their performance, commitment and body of work evaluated over the training and mentorship period, and the top three students will be selected to join the 12 finalists at Sun City as ‘wild cards’.

The last stop of the Road to Sun City is finals week, hosted at this internationally acclaimed resort from 3 to 8 October 2022. This week comprises masterclasses facilitated by industry leaders and will be attended by the 12 finalists and the three wild-card students. The event will culminate in a visual arts exhibition and showcase that will take place on 8 October 2022, when the winner of the main prize – a fully paid scholarship to study at an arts institution of their choice in South Africa – will be announced at a spectacular gala showcase event.

‘We are delighted to be associated with the ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme as our brand has always been aligned to the arts – especially the performing arts,’ says Heidi Edson, Head of Socioeconomic Development at Sun International Group. ‘For the past 40 years, our iconic Sun City resort has proudly launched the career of many local performers, and through the programme we will continue to do so for many more years to come.’

Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing at Nedbank, adds: ‘The goal of the ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme is to graduate global citizens in the arts who not only excel in their artform but also are well prepared for the world of work, including in self-development, people management, entrepreneurship, marketing and communication skills, to ensure they enjoy a successful and sustainable career.’

Travel, meals and accommodation costs will be covered by the trust.

The name of the programme, Nyoloha, is taken from the Sesotho word meaning to rise. The programme is part of the new ACT strategy to educate, uplift and empower those wishing to make a career in the arts and culture sector. It rewards commitment, excellence and growth potential.

Don’t delay – apply today at www.act.org.za/nyoloha.

The ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme is waiting for your application so you can begin shaping your journey to a brighter future. #ACTnyoloha #actstrat #ACTSAtalent #NedbankArtsAffinity #SunCity #SunInternational


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