Nominations in 37 competitive categories for Kakiseni’s 8th Annual BOH Cameronian Arts Awards were announced today exclusively on www.kakiseni.com
The nominees were selected by an independent committee of 16 dance, music and theatre professionals appointed by the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards Administration Committee. (The complete list of nominations is attached)
The BOH Cameronian Arts Awards was launched in 2002 and bears the name of BOH Cameronian Tea, the flagship brand of the Title Sponsor, BOH Plantations. Organising the event is Kakiseni, Malaysia’s online magazine for arts and culture, which will be shutting down after this year’s Awards.
The BOH Cameronian Arts Awards are bestowed annually on dance, music, musical theatre and theatre professionals for distinguished achievement in the performing arts. It is one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry and the ceremony, one of the most prestigious and glamorous events in Malaysia.
Marking eight (8) years of excellence in the performing arts, The 8th Annual BOH Cameronian Arts Awards will be presented once again at the Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, 18 April 2010, 8:00 pm.
Two Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur Fan of the Arts for Most Promising Artist Award winners, Shanon Shah and Fahmi Fadzil, for the 2nd BOH Cameronian Arts Awards 2003 and 5th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards 2006 respectively, return to host the ceremony yet again. With these two personalities hosting this last Awards night, the evening will be a blast!
Hands Percussion, who opened the 1st BOH Cameronian Arts Awards in 2002, will close the Award ceremony this last year – how poignant!
Kathy Rowland, one of the founders of Kakiseni says, ‘In the eight years of its existence the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards has channelled hundreds of thousands of dollars into the arts. Artists have received cash awards and sponsored prizes, media coverage valued in the millions have been dedicated to coverage of the local arts scene and the Awards, and funds have been raised for study grants for ASWARA students.
All of this has come from the generous coffers of Malaysian businesses who have been able to channel their support to artists via the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards. Kakiseni, with the unwavering support of our Title Sponsor, is proud to have made this possible’.
‘While the Awards, and Kakiseni will cease operations after the event, we believe that we have played an important role in raising the profile of the arts over the past 8 years’, adds Kathy.
Legitimate theatrical productions opening in the 2009 season, which began 1 January 2009 and ended 31 December 2009, were considered for nominations. The BOH Cameronian Arts Awards 2009 Judging Committee deliberated over 47 dance, music, musical theatre and theatre productions that met the eligibility guidelines.
Productions that were considered but not nominated are still eligible for the Kakiseni Audience Choice Award online poll. (The complete list of Nomination Requirements is attached).
Commenting on the nominations, Caroline Russell, CEO of BOH Plantations said, ‘It has been such a joy for BOH to be a part of this creative arts community. We indeed Share the Ummph! with the nominees as we acknowledge their art and their triumphs. We look forward to our final night of celebration together with great Ummph!. Congratulations to all the nominees and good luck for the Awards!’
There are seven (7) special awards: the BOH Cameronian Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur Fan of the Arts for Most Promising Artist Award, the Cross-Cultural Champion Of The Arts Award and the four (4) Kakiseni Audience Choice Awards for Music, Dance, Musical Theatre & Theatre.
The BOH Cameronian Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals who have displayed a continuous level of artistic achievement contributing to the growth of the performing arts nationally.
The Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur Fan of the Arts for Most Promising Artist Award goes to promising individuals who have displayed a creative sensibility and a continued involvement in the arts.
The Cross-Cultural Champion Of The Arts Award recognises non-performing individuals who have campaigned for outreach initiatives to enrich the Malaysian cultural landscape.
Alexis Bistro & Wine Bar together with Kakiseni will host the official 2009 Nominees Celebration Party on Monday, 22 February 2010, 7 PM at Alexis at The Gardens, Mid-Valley City.