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20TH National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) invites entries

By Staff Reporter

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) would like to advise stakeholders in the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) including production houses, studios, stables, galleries, organisations, associations, groups, artists, monitors and/or that the period for the submission of entries for the 20th National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) will be open from the 1st of September to the 30th of November 2021.

Rodney Ruwende, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, Marketing and Communication Manager said consideration of selection for the 20th edition of NAMA to be held in February 2022, will only be given to artworks published in the past 2 years covering the period from 1st December 2019 to 30th November 2021.

“ONLY Zimbabwean citizens or those with Zimbabwean resident status can enter their work,” he said.

Practitioners that have outstanding works published during the stated period can submit them at the following: NACZ Head office in Mount Pleasant, Harare.

NACZ Provincial offices (Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru, Masvingo Lupane, Gwanda, Bindura, Chinhoyi and Marondera), Murewa Culture Centre, National Gallery of Zimbabwe (Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare.)

“Entry forms can also be obtained from any of the above offices, registered Arts Associations and, Organisations in Zimbabwe.

“In addition, Online Entries can be submitted through the link: ( FORMS ). Entry forms can also be accessed through the NACZ website,” Ruwende said.

For online submissions, supporting materials may still need to be submitted in person at the above-listed places for use in adjudication.

All entries must be accompanied by the artiste’s product(s).

These could be in the form of videotapes, cassettes, flash drives, CDs, pictures or books.

Individuals submitting works for NAMA are encouraged to supply three sets of the particular works/production to assist adjudicators, except where the product is from the visual arts category.

The NAMA disciplines that are adjudicated are dance, film, literary arts, theatre, music, visual arts, media and spoken word.

NAMA recognizes outstanding achievements within the arts sector by rewarding excelling artists.

The awards seek to encourage creativity and excellence in the quality of the arts, inspire artists to strive for higher and original forms of creativity and provide an opportunity for arts disciplines to jointly market and publicize their products locally, regionally and internationally.

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