Standard Bank’s commitment to investing across the arts spectrum on the continent represents a 33-year legacy and we are proud to provide ongoing support for a variety of key projects, which have evolved into highlights on the South African and African cultural calendar. The arts in Africa are a powerful expression of our creativity and play an integral part in generating a positive narrative with a global impact. Our mandate at Standard Bank is to support a wide range of initiatives that nurture young talent and showcase the rich diversity of our creative arts. Our approach to selecting projects in the arts and music space is indicative of this.
Standard Bank’s involvement in jazz started in 1997 with the Jazz Festival in Grahamstown. Twenty years on and Standard Bank is regarded as the leading sponsor and supporter of jazz not only in South Africa but also on the continent.
Standard Bank has been a sponsor of the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent – the National Arts Festival – since 1997. Held over 11 days in the small city of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, Standard Bank is involved in a number of key areas of the Festival including the Standard Bank Jazz Festival, the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival, the Standard Bank Ovation Awards and the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards.
01 June 2017
Standard Bank Gallery
Mohau Modisakeng is a sculptor who moves into performance, film, installation and large-scale photographic prints. He uses his body to explore the influence of South Africa’s violent history on how we understand our cultural, political and social roles as human beings.Find out more
29 June 2017
2017 is already gearing up to be a momentous and memorable year for our county - and this year's National Arts Festival will once again take the temperature of our nation, through the work of our performers; writers; directors; artists; and designers.Find out more
30 June 2017
One hundred musicians from 12 countries will converge in Grahamstown this year to celebrate what is promising to be a spectacular 20th year of the sponsorship of the Standard Bank Jazz Festival.Find out more
03 August 2017
Standard Bank Gallery
Beth Diane Armstrong is regarded as a leading sculptor of her generation. For the last number of years she has worked predominantly on monumental artworks made of mild and stainless steel.Find out more
28 September 2017
Sandton Convention Centre
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is the premier jazz event in South Africa and is recognised as one of Africa’s leading music platforms.Find out more
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