National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) launched the 15th National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) People’s Choice voting platform on Thursday 4th February 2016. Voting will run until the awards night on 13th February 2016 at 1800hrs. The People’s Choice Award is a special award given to an artist or arts organisation selected by the public. The public is afforded the opportunity to make a choice of their own at every NAMA.
“All those who would like to vote for their favourite artist for this year’s People’s Choice Award can send their artist’s name to Whatsapp number +263 785 001 120 as many times as they wish. The Artist with the most votes will be the winner at the awards ceremony,” Cathrine Mthombeni NACZ Communications and Marketing Officer confirmed.
“As the name suggests, the People’s Choice Award is given to an artist/arts institution that would have received the most votes from members of the public. The public is at liberty to select an artist of their choice from the NAMA categories of Music, Literary Arts, Dance, Visual Arts, Film and Television, Theatre, Spoken Word and Promoters,” she reiterated.
Meanwhile, preparations for this year’s NAMA edition are at an advanced stage. NACZ officially publicised the nominees that were selected from a total number of 1 104 entries that were submitted from throughout Zimbabwe. Those who submitted included production houses, studios, stables, galleries, arts organisations, associations, groups, artistes, arts managers, monitors and/or the publics. The Adjudicators make their decision based on a product entered/submitted before the closing date of 30th November 2015. Launch dates, airplay or availability of art products in shops, galleries and other processes are not a qualification criterion in NAMA.
NAMA is the forum where NACZ recognizes outstanding achievements within the arts sector. The awards are a means of encouraging creativity and excellence in the quality of the arts, making Zimbabwe a force to reckon with on the international arena. In addition, the awards aim to inspire artists to strive for higher and original forms of creativity and provide an opportunity for arts disciplines to jointly market and publicize the arts locally, regionally and internationally.