Arts & Culture

Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards and theatre development initiatives

Long before our democracy was entrenched, the theatre could give a voice to the otherwise unheard. Today, it continues to provide powerful and challenging insights and helps to transform the public consciousness. 

The Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, amongst the most coveted within the South African performing arts fraternity, have been honouring theatre excellence since 1965. Support for  the theatre also has a broader significance. Long before our democracy was entrenched, the theatre could give a voice to the otherwise unheard. Today, it continues to provide powerful and challenging insights and helps to transform the public consciousness.

Every year, Fleur du Cap winners are chosen after an evaluation of around 90 productions staged at some 20 venues in and around Cape Town. The judging panel comprises local critics, journalists, writers and drama educators.

Theatre practitioners are recognised for acting, directing, staging and technical abilities.  Outstanding contribution to South African theatrical development and excellence is also celebrated. The public can also mingle with celebrities at a red carpet awards ceremony hosted annually in March.

The occasion also provides a platform for emerging directors to gain experience by assisting and working alongside a professional director plus emerging artists get the opportunity to showcase their talent by joining professional entertainers on stage at the awards ceremony. Students from the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, Varsity College and the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography also assist in staging the awards event to gain on-the-job experience. They work and learn from theatre, culinary and hospitality, photography and design professionals.

Distell also contributes towards a variety of theatre projects to support the developing of this sector in South Africa.

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