The Bulawayo Arts Awards have come and gone. If you were in Bulawayo and didn’t get to hear about them, then shame on you, you missed out. The execution was above expectation and many were left impressed by the organisation of the awards, yes they were not a “lost train” scenario.
A week after the BAA ceremony we have decided to throw in our two cents on what we think. But before we do that we would like to thank our audience for such a prestigious honour bestowed upon us. We value the support and love you are showing Urban Culxure and rest assured ASIJIKI!!! Keep on engaging us and we’ll keep on pushing in what we believe in, and that is good honest content.
Now that we have got that out of the way, here is what we have to say about the BAAs
The winners of the awards were as predictable as the sun setting in the west. As opposed to what the organisers claimed, the awards were more of compensatory rewards for many who have been unsuccessful at getting awards on a national platform and were a tool to cover up for the lost years gone by without any form of recognition to Bulawayo creative natives.
There was no twist and turns in the procession and many were left unfazed by who the recipients of the awards were. YES, the awards came as anticipated and went to the predictable members. We hope in earnest faith the winners can compete on a national platform and still bring back the trophies to the city.
The Bulawayo crowd stunned the event organisers by pitching up in their massive numbers to support the cause. Unfortunately, the venue was filled with VIP tables that should have made space for more people to attend.
The other aspect which dazzled us was “Where are all the executives and politicians when artists put out shows and exhibitions?’It was a first to see all these important folks in one space showcasing their fancy outfits.Were they there to really support the awards and artists or just sit in their fancy regalia and drink expensive drinks and indulge in exorbitant cuisine.
The organisers of the awards did a good job, the multimedia of the showcase was on point, however, time management was bad.It was also embarrassing to see administrators /organisers of the ceremony putting tags to the artists and guests at the entrance, next time they should look for volunteers.
Regardless of all other issues, props to the Bulawayo community which came all dolled up for the event. The red carpet was one of the night’s highlight moments and it is something we have to look forward to in the future of the BAAs.