National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) announces Call for Entries : 21st Edition

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) would like to advise all production houses, studios, stables, galleries, organizations, associations, groups, artists, monitors and all other stakeholders in the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) that the period for the submission of entries for the 21st Edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) will be open from Thursday the 1st of September 2022 to Wednesday 30 November 2022.

By Rodney Ruwende, National Arts Council Of Zimbabwe Communications and Marketing Manager

The works to be considered for selection are from artists whose works were published from 1st December 2021 to 30th November 2022. ONLY Zimbabwean citizens or those with Zimbabwean residency status can enter their work for the 21st NAMA penned for February 2023. 

Practitioners that have outstanding works published during the stated period can obtain entry forms and submit them at the following:

  • NACZ Head office in Mount Pleasant, Harare. 
  • NACZ Provincial offices (Bindura, Bulawayo, Chinhoyi, Gwanda, Gweru Harare, Lupane, Masvingo, Marondera and Mutare.
  • Murewa Culture Centre, 
  • National Gallery of Zimbabwe (Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare).
  • Registered Arts Associations and, Organisations in Zimbabwe (collection of entry forms only).

Online Entries can be submitted through the NACZ website or directly on the link: For online submissions, supporting material may still need to be submitted in person at the above-listed places for use in adjudication. 

All entries must be accompanied by the artiste’s product(s). These could be in the form of DVDs, CDs, flash drives, memory cards, hard drives, pictures or books. Individuals submitting works for NAMA are also encouraged to supply three sets of the particular works/production to assist adjudicators, except where the product is from the visual arts category. The NAMA disciplines that are adjudicated are dance, film, literary arts, theatre, music, visual arts, media and spoken word. 

NAMA is a product of the NACZ which aims to recognize outstanding achievements within the arts sector by rewarding excelling CCI practitioners’ thereby encouraging creativity and excellence in the quality of Zimbabwean Arts products. 


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