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FNB Zambia Launches Visual Arts Competition in Collaboration with NAC & VAC

First National Bank (FNB) Zambia has teamed up with the National Arts Council of Zambia (NAC) and the Visual Arts Councils (VAC) to announce the FNB Visual Arts Competition, aiming to promote and celebrate Zambian artistic talent.

Open to all Zambians aged 16 and above, the competition aims to provide a platform for talented and emerging artists to showcase their artwork to the public. The competition, which runs from 9th April to 9th May 2024, offers substantial prizes for the top three winners, with K60,000, K50,000, and K40,000 awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners respectively. The award ceremony is scheduled for 31st May 2024 in Lusaka.

During the official launch of the competition in Lusaka, Kasali Mwaba Kaingu, Head of Strategic Marketing and Communication at FNB Zambia, expressed excitement about the initiative, stating that it was born out of a need to support alternative art forms that may not always receive recognition but play a crucial role in connecting Zambia’s past to its future. 

The competition invites artists from all 10 provinces of Zambia to illustrate what “Zambia at 60” means, with a focus on the positive social impact of the country’s rich cultural heritage.

A total of 50 entries will be shortlisted from nationwide submissions, with the finalists given the opportunity to display their artwork at an exhibition hosted at the Henry Tayali Art Gallery. Additionally, the winning entries will be displayed at the new FNB Head Office.

As part of FNB’s 15th-year anniversary celebrations, the bank is hosting various engagements, including the FNB Wine Festival and the Visual Arts competition, to express gratitude to the Zambian people for their support. 

Furthermore, FNB announced plans to build its own Head Office premises in Zambia, which will showcase local art talent from the competition, demonstrating the bank’s commitment to cultural enhancement and preservation.

Fumba Chama, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sport, and Arts, who represented the Minister, emphasized the importance of multi-sectorial support for creative endeavors. 

He expressed excitement about partnering with FNB to elevate Zambia’s visual arts scene to new heights and promote international collaboration through digital platforms.

Source: Zambia Business Times

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