All set for RoilBAAs

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All set for RoilBAAs Scenes from last year’s Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards


Langalakhe Mabena 

AFTER raising the bar high on the previous edition of the city’s prestigious Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards (RoilBAA), gaining a national status as the most organised honours ceremony, the stage is once again set for the awards which are set to take place tomorrow (24 December).

The awards return to their traditional venue, as the Large City Hall is expected to be filled to the brim on the glamorous red-carpet event which will start at 6pm.

The late arts doyen Cont Mhlanga who died on 1 August after a short illness, will be honoured and remembered at this year’s edition of the awards as a father figure who gave breath to and groomed many talented creatives in the City of Kings and beyond.

The awards adopted the Amakhosi mantra “Umkhulu lo Msebenzi,” as they are running under the theme “Celebrating Arts Excellence, Umkhulu lo Msebenzi.”

In an interview, one of the organisers of the awards, Nkululeko Nkala said the awards ceremony will have a lot of surprises for guests as there would be a party after the awards night at the venue to hype the guests into the mood for the festive season.

Roil BAA accolade

He said although the awards had initially been set to be held in November, moving them to December was proving to be a master stroke as they are also appealing to the Diaspora community who are in the country in their numbers for the festive season, to come and grace the event.

“We have noted that many a times people want to party after the awards, thus this year we will host a mini after-party at the venue.

“The decision of moving the event to the month of December proves to be a great deal for the people from the Diaspora as they will get the opportunity to attend the awards and have a closer connect with their nominees unlike the other editions when they have had to watch the awards live on the internet or on television,” said Nkala.

On tomorrow’s night, 36 awards will be given out, out of a possible 39, as three categories namely Outstanding Visual Arts (both 2D and 3D) and Outstanding Theatre production did not have nominations.

The winner of the New Comer of the Year category (across all genres), is set to walk away with R35 000, which will be used for traveling and creation of works and collaborations with artistes from Eswatini (Swaziland).

The category is proudly supported by the Larry Mhlanga Foundation.

There are also a lot of grand prizes to be won on other categories.

Advance tickets for the awards are being sold at US$30, which will also include a meal.

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