ESAF AWARDS / by Esaf Commitee

Each year the ESAF team selects a theme and, at the end of the festival, three creatives (solo or collective) who embody and reflect our theme’s message are selected for our ESAF Awards!

The #ESAF2017 Award’s theme is….drum roll please…. ‘Voices of the Future.’

The ESAF Awards framework was set up as a way to recognise creatives that best reflect our festival. For all the movers and shakers that are reshaping the creative community, changing perceptions of art practice and engaging with what it means socially and culturally to be an artist, we are looking at you!

If you are a creative taking part in this years festival you are eligible for an award.  Artists are invited to nominate themselves and/or someone else they feel are worthy.

There are three different awards that will be presented this year:

Best Performance Artist Award: This award goes to an individual (or group) that covers music, dance, comedy, theatre, and musical theatre.

Best Visual Artist Award: This category is more for visual artwork that can be exhibited and the artist would consider fits within the visual arts category.  It covers but is not limited to painting, photography, sculptured illustration.

Best Performing Artist Award: This is a new category for performance arts, which includes spoken word, poetry and literary disciplines. This award covers cross-discipline art forms that do not traditionally fit into either the visual or performing arts category. Nominations for this category are left to the discretion of the artist(s)/nominator as to the fit of the work within the category.

Key Dates

February 19th awards are open for nominations.

February 30th deadline for nominations.

March 3rd winners announced at the closing party.

Looking to Apply?
You will be asked to submit the artist/collectives’ name(s), the name of their piece(s), medium, venue and date and time of their performance (if applicable) via the typeform below:   


Stay tuned to our blog for an exclusive look at last year's winners!