NAMA preparations on course

Preparations for the 13th National Arts Merit Awards Edition to be held on February 15 2014 at Rainbow Hotel in Bulawayo are on course, the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe has confirmed.

The event, which recognises outstanding achievements within the arts sector by rewarding excelling artists, is set to be held under the theme ‘Unite, Excite and Educate’.

Said NACZ’s Communications and Marketing Officer, Cathrine Mthombeni “This year’s edition of NAMA will see a more detailed approach on national pride and heritage: embracing the essence and spirit of what it means to be proudly Zimbabwean.”

NACZ revealed that the event will celebrate the artistry exhibited by artists from December 1 2012 to November 30 2013 in various categories some of which include Music, Literary, Dance, Visual, Film and Television, Theatre, Media and Spoken Word.

“The event will be a reflection of the diversity of cultures in Zimbabwe that are a resemblance of our intrinsic values and norms,” said Mthombeni.

According to NACZ, the awards ceremony will feature a series of events that will rejoice and celebrate the diverse cultures that promote and develop positive national cultural identity and appreciate the values of patriotism and Pan- Africanism among others.

Last year, the awards ceremony had 514 entries and Dendera musician, Sulumani Chimbetu baged three awards, while Hope Masike scooped the outstanding female musician and Nothando Nobengula walked away with the Outstanding actress.

The awards aim to encourage creativity and excellence in the quality of the arts, and seeks to motivate Zimbabwean artists to strive for higher and original forms of creativity.

NAMA is a platform for marketing and publicising the arts locally, regionally and internationally.

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