PREPARATIONS for the 13th National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) edition to be held on February 15, 2014 at Rainbow Hotel in the City of Kings under the theme Unite, Excite and Educate are at an advance stage.
Report by Entertainment Reporter
National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) communications officer Catherine Mthombeni said: “This year’s NAMA edition will see a more detailed approach on national pride and heritage, embracing the essence and spirit of what it means to be Zimbabweans, showcasing art talent from across Zimbabwe.”
She added that the event would celebrate the artistry that would have been exuded by the various artists in distinct categories through their excellent works.
Mthombeni said apart from people coming together to pay tribute to the masters of the arts and culture industry, the awards ceremony would be complemented by a series of events that will celebrate the diverse cultures that promote and develop positive national cultural identity, values of hunhu/ubuntu, patriotism and pan-Africanism.
“These events will give flare to the awards as well as to stir excitement and by awarding different artistes from various categories that include music, literature, 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,” she said.
Mthombeni said different ways of lives would be portrayed through the excelling works that were created from December 1, 2012 to November 30, 2013.
Moreover, the education aspect that is fundamental in arts creation will be through the NAMA content and the series of events that will be lined up to inform the public of the vast and diverse talent that we take pride in as Zimbabweans.
“This also underscores the notion that arts are not only for entertainment purposes, but are also informative as well as educative through their various forms hence the fact that artists’ works mirror society,” Mthombeni added.
She said NAMA was the forum where NACZ recognised outstanding achievements within the arts sector by rewarding excelling artists, stimulating more interest in the arts and raising the profiles 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 as they aim to inspire artistes to strive for higher and original forms of creativity and provide an opportunity for arts disciplines to jointly market and publicise the arts locally, regionally and internationally.