by Staff Correspondant:
Preparations for the 16th National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) are on course. The forthcoming NAMA edition that will be managed and organised by AB Communication (NAMA Event Managers) will be held at 7 Arts Theatre, Avondale in Harare on the 18th of February 2017. The closing date for 16th NAMA submission of entries was on Wednesday the 30th of November 2016. A total number of 775 NAMA entries were submitted from throughout Zimbabwe and the adjudication process has commenced. Those who submitted entries include; production houses, studios, music stables, galleries, arts organizations and associations, groups, artistes, monitors and/or the public. Nominees will be released on the 2nd of February 2017.
There are 8 NAMA categories; Music, Literary, Dance, Visual, Film and Television, Theatre, Media and Spoken Word. Two more categories include Special Awards as well as People’s Choice. The two Special Awards are Arts Service Award and Arts Personality Award. People’s Choice award will won by an artist who gets voted by the most people through a plat form that will be announced soon.
NAMA is the platform where National Arts Council of Zimbabwe recognizes outstanding achievements within the creative sector. By rewarding excelling artists, NAMA stimulates more interest in the arts and raises the profile of the same. 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.
Some of the entries in the mentioned NAMA categories were identified by Monitors who were appointed by NACZ and kept an eye on excelling artists throughout the year. Meanwhile a panel of independent Adjudicators is now presiding over all the submitted entries to select nominees as well as winners for each award.