Five of South Africa’s brightest creative stars were named as recipients of the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards on Wednesday 28 October, recognising and honouring their dynamic and outstanding contribution to the vitality of the arts in the country.

‘Each year, we marvel and celebrate a new group of artists whose work demonstrates innovation and artistic excellence,’ says National Arts Festival Artistic Director Ismail Mahomed. ‘These are artists who are courageously exploring new ways to shape or affirm our cultural experiences and identities. Their work inspires their peers. It enthrals our audiences. It revitalises the arts sector. Their incredible talents and creativity are the immense investments that we engage at the National Arts Festival to grow our arts economy.’

The winners of the 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards are:

• Themba Mbuli for Dance
• Siya Makuzeni for Jazz
• Avigail Bushakevitz for Music
• Jade Bowers for Theatre
• Mohau Modisakeng for Visual Art