Nama 2018 call for entries open

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has invited for its 17th edition set for 17th of February 2018.

Here is their release and all information on how you can do it.

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) urges all production houses, studios, stables, galleries, organisations, associations, groups, artistes, monitors and/or the publics that have outstanding published work of art but have not yet submitted them for National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) to submit to NACZ offices in Mount Pleasant or Provincial offices. Work of art can also be submitted to National Gallery of Zimbabwe near you. The deadline for submission of 17TH NAMA entries is 30th November 2017. Entry forms are obtained from NACZ offices throughout the country, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Murewa Culture Centre, registered arts associations and organisations in Zimbabwe. Council is happy to announce to all NAMA stakeholders that entries can now be submitted online and the link for Gmail user: and non gmail users: However, supporting material may still need to be submitted in person at the above listed places for use in adjudication. 17th NAMA Edition will be held in Harare on 17th February 2018.

NAMA is the forum where NACZ recognizes outstanding achievements within the arts sector. By rewarding excelling artists, NAMA stimulates more interest in the arts and raises the profile of the same. The awards are a means of encouraging creativity and excellence in the quality of the arts, making Zimbabwe a force to reckon with on the international arena.

In addition, the awards aim to inspire artists to strive for higher and original forms of creativity and provide an opportunity for arts disciplines to jointly market and publicize the arts locally, regionally and internationally. Consideration of selection will only be given to artist works published from 1st December 2016 to 30th November 2017 and Only Zimbabwean citizens or those with Zimbabwean resident status can enter their work for NAMA.

All entries must be accompanied by the artiste’s product(s). These could be in the form of videotapes, cassettes, flash drives, CDs, pictures or books. Individuals submitting works for NAMA are 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.

NACZ appointed individual and institutional Monitors who have been monitoring the work of excelling artists throughout the year and are still monitoring until the 30th of November. The monitors are professional individuals with an in-depth knowledge of the arts as well as arts organizations of repute. Below is the list of monitors for 17th NAMA Edition.



CATEGORY                        INDIVIDUAL

Dance                                      Vimbai Chemugarira

Film and Television                 Caroline Hungwe

Literary arts                            Tanaka Chidora

Media                                      Foster Dongozi

Music                                      Mono Mukundu

Spoken Word                          Chirikure Chirikure

Theatre                                    Dr Kelvin Chikonzo

Visual Arts                              Stephen Garan’anga



Dance Trust of Zimbabwe

Harare International Festival of Arts

Harlem Mutare City Link

Hurungwe Arts Festival

Ibumba Arts Festival

International Theatre Institution

Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo

Midlands Arts and Culture Festival

National Gallery of Zimbabwe (Bulawayo)

National Gallery of Zimbabwe (Harare)

National Gallery of Zimbabwe (Mutare)

Nhimbe Trust

Pamberi Trust

Poetry Bulawayo

Rainbow Arts Festival

Reps Theatre


Shangano Arts Festival

Shoko Festival

Women Film Makers of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust

Zimbabwe Music Rights Association

Zimbabwe Musicians Union

Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association

Zimbabwe Women Writers