The N I A A - helping drive Zimbabwe’s vibrant arts into the future
Imagine our world without the enrichment brought to us daily through the arts in their many forms! Keeping them alive from one generation to the next requires the nurturing of the budding artistry in children from a young age. The provision of skills, structures and spaces to maintain the enthusiasm and focus will ensure the love and practice of the art form which captures the children’s attention - for a lifetime.
Over a century ago in Bulawayo, it was with this in mind that our founders created The Society for the Advancement of Music and Art, later named The National Institute of Allied Arts. Following the First one-day festival in May 1913, the Institute’s dedicated volunteers have, through the decades, stewarded, nurtured and expanded its ambit; it has grown and matured into today’s well-oiled machine. The NIAA forms a hub and creative ‘factory’ around which generations of young people have fine-tuned their artistic skills, discovered their talents and developed the discipline needed to become tomorrow’s artists.
The Institute’s four annual events, namely The Vocal and Instrumental Eisteddfod in March, the Speech & Drama, Literary and Visual Arts festivals in June and July, are pivotal for the moulding of tomorrow’s up-and-coming artists by devoted teachers. They provide enjoyable and important goals upon which to focus artistic attention, practice and discipline. Achievements through the Institute’s certificates, awards and trophies annually, bring pleasure, pride and a measure of artistic progress through the years. Each festival culminates in a concert or exhibition of outstanding entries, providing the public with the opportunity to sample and enjoy these art forms.
The scope of today’s Allied Arts events and volume of entrants require months of planning by many volunteers. Additionally, without generous corporate sponsors, these festivals could never survive.
The Institute warmly thanks the following sponsors for their on-going support:
- MASHONALAND HOLDINGS and THE BRITISH COUNCIL – The Eisteddfod
- DELOITTE - The Speech and Drama Festival
- INNSCOR AFRICA - The Visual Arts Festival
- CBZ BANK - The Literary Festival
We also thank the ASSOCIATION OF TRUST SCHOOLS for their continued support of all our endeavours, and the volunteers for their hard work.
Yet again we encourage individuals and corporations to support us by becoming members and by volunteering your time at our festivals. Your interest, modest subscriptions or just a few hours of your time each year ensure the future viability of these important festivals.
Every contribution helps, no matter how small!
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