Following the success of last year’s event, the Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA) are back in 2018 bigger, better and ready to celebrate the arts. The 2018 edition was launched on Friday at Bulawayo Club with the award ceremony slated for May 26 at the Large City Hall.
The second edition of the BAA’s has 12 categories, with 10 new awards taking the total number of gongs to 50 from last year’s 40.Tthe new additions include Outstanding Gospel Artist/Act, Outstanding Playwright, Outstanding Arts Educator, Outstanding Schools Effort for Primary schools, Outstanding Visual Artist (Three Dimensional), Outstanding Literary Work (Non Fiction), Outstanding Female Model and the Outstanding Club DJ award.
A total of $50 760 is needed for all services and facilities to run the 2018 edition. The organisers also took time to announce various sponsorship packages available for the event to be a success and called in companies and individuals to take advantage and support the ceremony as it offers a chance to advertise.
Submissions of BAA’s nominees are currently underway and consideration is for work done from June 2017 till April 13 2018. The general public is free to nominate their favorite artists or work of art. Entry forms can be submitted physically the Cultural office in Nguboyenja,Boom City Advertising offices or can be submitted online byoarts-awards.org
The awards aim to cement Bulawayo as the cultural hub, and celebrate outstanding performance and effort in the arts industry.