THE fifth edition of the ROIL Bulawayo Arts Awards (RBBAs) has received a boost after Bulawayo City Council (BCC) accepted a request by the organisers to use the Large City Hall as the main venue for the awards and for free subject to its availability on the proposed date, and adherence to Covid-19 protocols.
Bulawayo’s premier arts awards ceremony is set for 6 November.
The news is contained in the latest council report in which the local authority expressed its satisfaction towards the arts awards saying it had been a partner to the awards since 2017.
In their letter to the local authority dated 25 June 2021, RBBAs organisers requested to use the Large City Hall as the main venue for the awards and for free and that BCC should also avail a residential stand which they, as the awards organisers, would pay for.
“Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards (RBAA), now in their fifth year, are a multi-disciplinary arts awards that recognise and honour exceptional individuals and collaborative artistic efforts in the City of Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and South. The awards were curated to recognise good effort and talent among local artists and students.
“Following on the Bulawayo City Council drive to further recognise and support local arts initiatives among them the Bulawayo Day and
Bulawayo Arts Festival. We would like to again interest the City in partnering with the awards. Bulawayo City Council has been a partner to the awards since 2017.
At inauguration, we had a Mayor’s award and Council partnered with giving the awards the venue,” reads in part the arts organisers’ letter contained in the latest report.
The letter further reads: “We would again like to use The Large City Hall as the main venue for the awards. We would also love to set up over four days from the 2nd to the 5th of November 2021. We request for free use of the venue. We request that the City of Bulawayo avails a residential stand which we as the awards would pay for and we believe this would change the way people look at the city and the awards.”
In return the arts organisers said the local authority would be acknowledged as the presenting partner and that all media would carry City of Bulawayo logo with the Town Clerk, Mayor and Deputy Mayor to present awards on awards night.”
In response the local authority stated: “There was no objection for the free use of the Large City Hall for the Bulawayo Arts Awards subject to its availability and also adherence to Covid-19 protocols.”
Turning to the availing of a residential stand the City Fathers advised the RBBAs organisers to apply for the residential stand as per the usual council procedure.