Press: 2019 US Woordfees Woordtrofee winners

April 4, 2019

The Woordtrofee Awards Ceremony took place on the 4th of April on the Overgaauw Wine Estate outside Stellenbosch. Every winner received an artwork and cash prize. The awards ceremony was made possible by the friendly support of the ATKV.


The winners are:


Best Actress in a Play

Cintaine Schutte (Tien duisend ton)


Best Actor in a Play

Andrew Buckland (Endgame)


Best Supporting Actress in a Play            

Martelize Kolver (Katvoet)


Best Supporting Actor in a Play

Wessel Pretorius (Kleedkamer-blues)

Best Ensemble in a Play



Best Director of a Play

Marthinus Basson (Die gangsters)


Best Play

Die gangsters


Best Woordfees Debut Play

Tien duisend ton

Best Upcoming Artist(s)

In Slavenhuis 39


Contemporary Music: Best Music Theatre


Contemporary Music: Best Solo Artist

Jo Black – Bring die hoop weer terug


Contemporary Music: Best Group

Soweto String Quartet meet Loki Rothman

Classical Music: Vocal

Stellenbosch University Choir


Classical Music: Instrumental

Olga Kern – Prestige-klavieruitvoering


Visual Arts: Best Exhibition

Jean Theron Louw – My Afrika-wildehonde


Literary Recital (“Woordkuns”)

Woutrine Theron (’n Oulap se rooi)


Best Technical Achievement
Shane Cooper (Music and musical direction: Samson) 

Best-selling books at the 2019 Woordfees:

Prose: Jan van Tonder – Die verevrou
Poetry: Willie van der Merwe – Doodmenslik
Politics and current affairs: Deon Maas – Witboy in Berlyn 
Lifestyle: Gerard Scholtz – Hier gaat ons
Children and Youth Literature: Fanie Viljoen – Die dag toe die draak kom


The following special prizes were awarded:


Best Achievement in Arts Journalism

Jacolette Kloppers


WOW Teacher of the Year
Irene Francis, Steenberg Secondary


WOW School of the Year
Waveren Secondary School


Catherine Channing and Corné Kruger received the Festival Heroes Award for their extraordinary contribution to the success of the SU Woordfees this year.


Felicia Lesch received the In Solidarity Prize which is awarded to an individual who played an important role in bringing artists closer to communities. In 2019, the SU Jazz Band celebrates its 10th birthday and the Conservatorium Certificate Programme is 20 years old. Both of these fine institutions exist thanks to Lesch. She also stages a yearly concert at the Woordfees that gives students the opportunity to perform alongside musical icons – from Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Sibongile Khumalo to Tarryn Lamb.

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