The National Arts Festival and
Business and Arts South Africa announced the winners of the 2015 Arts
Journalism Awards in Johannesburg on Monday, naming freelance writer Lwandile
Fikeni overall Arts Journalist of the Year.
The winners list includes ten gold and 23
silver awards made to individual journalists, and a gold and three silver
awards to media organisations for their nurturing of arts journalism.
Additionally, a Lifetime Achievement Award was
given to Bush Radio’s broadcaster and writer Nigel Vermaas, citing his
commitment to covering music of all genres and to mentoring the next generation
of arts journalists.
“Well of course it’s a wonderful thing to have had this. I really don’t
think I’m a journalist, I don’t see myself as a journalist”, said Nigel
“I’m more a documentary maker, I think, but I
do cover the arts for Bush radio and SAfm and also in print”,
said Nigel Vermaas
“ It’s really wonderful to have received something like this and I think
what is really great is the fact that they have an award for arts journalism
specifically because they don’t respect the arts as much as they should”,
added Nigel Vermaas.
He also added “It’s really a step in the right direction”.
Labels: Bush Radio’s Nigel Vermaas receives a Lifetime Achievement Award