Awards for excellence arts.
Founding and history
Founded by Philip Stein in 1983, with the help of AA Mutual Life managing director, Brian Benfield, the awards were sponsored by the AA Mutual Life insurance company and were intended to reward excellence in local artis, including theatre and dance. They were originally called AA Life Theatre Awards, but when Stein created Vita Promotions to fund a whole range of privately funded projects over a period of almost 20 years. These included the Vita Theatre Awards (both regional awards in the various provinces, and ultimately national awards); the Vita Art Prize and exhibition; the Vita Craft Now awards and exhibitions; the Market Laboratory Community Theatre Festival, the Windybrow Arts Festival and the FNB Dance Umbrella. The name of the sponsoring company would change intermittently over the years, thus giving us the later IGI Life Vita Awards and ultimately the FNB Vita Awards).
Between 1987 and 1997 the awards were managed by Nicola Danby
Aims and function
Impact on SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
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