THE country’s prestigious annual event, the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) will again be held in Bulawayo in February next year.
Bulawayo hosted the popular awards early this year.
Addressing artistes, cultural practitioners and promoters at a workshop held at Mhlahlandlela Government Complex yesterday, the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) director Elvas Mari said Bulawayo had been given another chance to host the event.
He said the decision to host the event in Bulawayo followed consultations with various stakeholders in the arts industry.
“As the directorate of the arts council in the country, we are happy to announce that Nama will be held in Bulawayo for the second time in 2014,” he said.
Mari said he was pleased with the way the awards were conducted this year.
He praised organisers of this year’s event, saying their stellar efforts were part of the reason of having the awards ceremony run back in the City of Kings.
“As members of the council, we are happy with the way the awards were conducted and we are looking forward for another exciting ceremony next year in Bulawayo,” he said.
“The support that we received from the local people was overwhelming and we believe that we need to give Bulawayo another chance.”
Nama have been running for the past 13 years.
But in recent years the event has grown big in the country generating interest in the arts and culture sector.
The awards ceremony has generated a lot of publicity locally, regionally and internationally providing an opportunity for the corporate sector, institutions and individuals to market themselves at the prestigious event on the Zimbabwean arts calendar.