BY SHARON SIBINDI
THIS year’s edition of the Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards (RoilBAA) will assume a new shape in light of restrictions on public gatherings due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the organisers have said.
One of the organisers Nkue Nkala confirmed to NewsDay Life & Style that they will have a few sub-events before the main event.
“Most of the changes will be announced in due course, but the awards will now be referred to as Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards or RoilBAA. Along with our partners, we invite anyone and everyone to partner with us in making the 2021 awards a success,” he said.
“Artists can self-nominate and also be nominated by fans.
“This has been necessitated by the need to profile and give time to other genres like theatre which have been grossly affected by COVID-19.”
The awards ceremony has been moved from August 28 to November 6.
Given the change of date, the call for nominations has now been set for August 2 with works produced from October 31, 2020 to August 1, 2021 being considered eligible for nomination.
Nkala said they moved the awards date to have more time to prepare.
“After consultation with the sponsors, we felt we needed more time to come up with awards that could impact on winners.
“We, therefore, need more time to see this to fruition,” he said.