NAMA Review Process Goes to Mutare

Preparations for the 3rd consultative meeting (seminar) to review the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) are now at an advanced stage, with the event this time being taken to Mutare on Wednesday 13 June 2012.

The NAMA awards are aimed at inspiring Zimbabwean artists to strive for higher and original forms of artistic achievement through creativity and excellence.

NACZ is currently engaged in a process of improving the national awards through engaging different stakeholders across the country.

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe is inviting artists, business executives, professional arts organizations and art promoters who share the vision of realizing growth and development in the arts sector to come and share their views on Zimbabwe’s National Arts Merit Awards.

The consultative meeting which is meant for Manicaland, Mashonaland East and Masvingo provinces will be running from 0900hrs at Courtauld Theatre in Mutare to get the stakeholders’ views on the awards as a whole.

So far two NAMA review meetings were successfully held in Bulawayo for Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South and Midlands provinces; and in Harare for Mashonaland Central, and Mashonaland West Provinces.

In line with NACZ’s vision of professionalizing the arts, the review process takes into cognisence that the NAMA programme has been running for 11 years with a more or less a similar concept and hence the review exercise is meant to gather views and recommendations from various stakeholders.

Apart from getting feedback on the NAMA programme as a whole, NACZ hopes to get the people’s views on the following NAMA categories: Dance, Music, Literary Arts, Theatre, Media Awards, Film and Television, Special Awards and People’s Choice Awards.

In fulfilling its national mandate of championing arts development, NACZ values the contributions made by artists, art promoters, media and various other stakeholders to this consultative process.

It is hoped that the NAMA review process should help the awards achieve their full potential and make solid benefits to society.

Stephene Chikozho – Communications and Marketing Manager (NACZ)

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