ORGANISERS of the 19th edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) are aiming to create an experience that will stick in the minds of many for long with 157 participants from seven of the nine categories.
The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday at the Harare International Conference Centre, (HICC) where singers Alick Macheso and Jah Prayzah will top the performance bill.
At a press briefing yesterday, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe deputy director Josiah Kusena said: “We have managed to overcome all the challenges and we are ready for the bid day.”
Artistic director Leonard Mapfumo said several artists including poets and painters will be showcasing at the ceremony breaking from the norm of only performing artists on stage.
Nama executive producer Napoleon Nyanhi said they were guaranteeing fans entertainment value at the event.
“Nama is coming in on a new path with a nomination reception, red carpet, pre-show and the main awards event.
“Our aim is to transform Nama into a festival. We had aimed to have it this year with arts exhibitions and an arts forum but we could not. It is still on cards. We are having it different this year.
“Nama started yesterday with all the set-up at the venue and will continue today. On Friday there will be a nomination reception and rehearsals. On the day, there will be the red carpet show and a pre-show.
“We noticed that over the years after the red carpet people will be sitting in the auditorium with nothing and we decided to have a pre-show. After that we will have the main event,” he said.