By A Correspondent- The Bulawayo 2021 Arts Awards are in limbo following non-commitment from the event’s main sponsor to resource the prestigious annual event.
The awards which are held in the second capital every August, have been sponsored by United Refineries since 2018.
The cooking oil manufacturing company’s chief executive officer Busisa Moyo, told the state media that they wanted other companies to partner with them in organising and hosting the event.
“I think that we should reach out to other companies in the city. Okay, they aren’t doing so well with Covid-19 and all but even individuals and our diasporans who listen to artistes from home and so on can come to the party. Let’s think beyond us (United Refineries), let’s be a bigger collective and do things as a group as opposed to one entity, I’d encourage that,” Moyo said.
He said his company’s role in taking the arts awards to a high level will be worth it if it attracts other players.
“This is what I have been asking for during the past two years so that we have other big corporate sponsors involved,” said Moyo.
He said the more companies involved in the hosting of the awards, the better for the artistes.
For now, Moyo said they have not committed to sponsoring this year’s awards.
“We haven’t met with the partners to find out what they are thinking. We normally announce (the date of the awards) once we have a meeting with them. I can’t say that (we’re committing to sponsoring the awards), at this stage. We are very committed to the arts and we will always be involved in any shape or form,” said Moyo.