SYMLAFA countdown 2019 begins

The countdown has begun towards the third annual Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Awards (SYMLAFA).

10 May 2019 | Art and Entertainment

The awards were born from the core purpose of celebrating Namibia's diverse and growing arts industry.

Fashion, photography, beauty, philanthropy, entertainment - you name it - the arts scene has grown immensely over the past two decades.

This growth is the result of the constant investment and dedication, and the perseverance of those who took it upon themselves to not only establish an identity for Namibian arts, but also to make sure that it reaches its highest potential.

It is against this background that a platform like the SYMLAFA was created, in order to celebrate industry creatives, as well as movers and shakers.

This year the organisers have promised to top the first and second editions of the awards.

“Last year we brought you 'Vintage with a touch of glam', for our inaugural show we had 'Diamonds are forever' and for this year the theme for the awards is 'African royalty: A night with emperors and empresses' - not to be confused with African print,” the organisers said in a media release.

“We want people to channel their inner Queen Nzinga and Emperor Haile Selassie. For this year's night of magic and celebration of our diamonds, all will again lead to the National Theatre Namibia on 7 September. While we had considered some changes to the categories, and after thorough discussions with industry experts, the organisers have decided to keep the categories as is.”



How entries work

All those in the industry are invited and encouraged to enter. A panel of industry experts will then be tasked with vetting and judging the entries and selecting the top four nominees in each category.

The nominees will be presented to the public, who will then vote for their favourite personality.

The Diamond Award winner will be selected by the organising committee, with the assistance of industry experts. The aim of the awards remains giving the audience and the Namibian nation a state-of-the-art event. “This year is no exception, as we plan to top last year.”

There are a number of exciting surprises in the pipeline, including so-called “mega partnerships”, which will be shared in the run-up to the awards; so watch this space.

For further information, queries or clarification, do not hesitate to contact Ndapewoshali Shapwanale at +264 81 22 64 509 or Helena Ngaifiwa at +264 81 71 00 204.

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