Please note I purposely excluded the word arts to the awards as I am tempted to believe the Bulawayo Arts Awards are just the biggest across board.
Well I could be wrong, but the awards are back. The 2019 edition is being launched tonight at Bulawayo Theatre. What’s on the menu?
We are launching 2019 Sponsors, 2019 Venue, 2019 Date, 2019 Categories and 2019 promotions and fares.
Twenty-four hours after announcing we had tickets for the launch, they were all taken. The hope/wish is that this interest spirals to the actual awards.
Which in that over used word we can only hope are bigger and better.
The awards are in their 3rd year running in 2019. The inaugural awards which were held at Large City Hall had 40 Awards. The 2018 edition increased the number by 10 taking the awards to 50.
In terms of production the awards pretty much follow a template we created. We launch the awards, close nominations, reveal nominees, vote, have a Nominees Dinner and celebrate local arts creativity on the awards night.
The awards night is not only about awards presentations but also performances and fashion. Last year with the help of the fashion police there were awards for best dressed among other things.
Companies used the event(s) to give out merchandise to nominees, winners and audiences alike. There has been cries of how the arts are not supported but since inception Bulawayo Arts Awards has enjoyed both individual and corporate support.
For three years now Vusa Mkhaya of Insingizi and Manyanyatha fame is paying for our web hosting. Like clock work he reminds us that it is done.
Then there is Nodumo Nyathi down South, he commits as soon as the awards are over and he delivers. He is a huge fan of Imbube music.
There is an African saying it takes a village to raise a child, it rings true with Bulawayo Arts Awards as it is everyones child.
This piece will not be complete if special thanks is not given to our last year title sponsor United Refineries Limited who through their Roil brand sponsored to the tune of 20 000 dollars. ZOL came through , so did CITE , Sunday News , Proton Bakers , NetOne , Longrich and Boom City to name a few.
The hope is that tonight ushers in an even bigger shift as far as arts and corporate support are concerned.
The hope is that BAA 2019 is even bigger than everything we have done in the past few years. I will be at Bulawayo Theatre today with pen and paper ready to update you.
Until next week, be safe… @nkuenkala 0772214373