The 2020 edition of the Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards (RBAA) ceremony will now be held on the 28th of November 2020 as organisers grapple with the effects of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

The awards which had been scheduled for the 29th of August are meant to recognise and honour exceptional individuals and groups in Matabeleland. In a statement the organisers said the spread and impact of COVID-19 is unprecedented.

“This public health emergency will likely result in a global economic crisis – both of which will hit the poorest and most marginalized communities the hardest. With this in mind we will postpone the main RoilBAA ceremony,” said the organisers.

The virtual press conference also saw the launch of the RoilBAA Conscious Citizenship Strategy which is a response to the devastating consequences of the corona virus.

“RoilBAA is redoubling efforts to help, protect and sustain our creatives and their families and ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable creatives are prioritised in response and recovery efforts. It is to this effect that we launch the RoilBAA Conscious Citizenship Strategy, a strategy that can play a critical role in supporting the arts sector and help their efforts in creating work in these trying times”, the statement said.

The awards, now in their fourth year have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic which has seen the country go on lockdown for the past five months. Meanwhile the sponsors of the event have promised Covid-19 food relief packages to previous award winners.