LOCAL actors that featured at last year's Amaka Arts Festival have complained over unpaid dues.
The actors were supposed to be paid KR1,400 each for participating in the six-day event but have not been paid to date.
One of the actors who opted to remain anonymous said the organisers promised to pay them after clearing foreign actors.
"We have been waiting for our money since last year and we have just been told to wait; how long are we going to wait? We were 18 of us in the drama category and we all have not been paid. They (organisers) first dealt with foreign actors and said they will also pay us later," the actor complained. "We don't know who to talk to now; the patron, Charlotte Scott, promised to see us but up to now she has not done so. The coordinator (Chilufya Chilangwa) has also been telling us stories as well. How do you expect the movie industry to grow like this, when you don't pay actors for this long?" he asked.
But when contacted for comment, Chilangwa said that her organisation does not have funds to pay the actors.
"We are still soliciting for funds, we are unable to clear the costs. The sponsor pulled out at the last minute. As at now, we are still sourcing for funds and when we do so, we shall contact them," said Chilangwa.
Amaka Arts Festival is an international arts festival that was held for the first time in Zambia.
It was made possible with the support of the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs through the National Arts Council (NAC) among other sponsors.
The festival ran from October 8 to 14 last year.