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19 Jan 2021

NACZ/PIFF LAUNCH ONLINE MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME FOR AFRICAN FILMMAKERS

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) and the Piton International Film Festival (PIFF) have launched the PIFF “Africa 2021” a 12-month initiative that focuses on celebrating filmmaking and seeks to work collaboratively with filmmakers who are based in Africa.

PIFF Director Ed Herman “Umoja,” says PIFF “Africa 2021” is a unique opportunity for Filmmakers in that it focuses on education, collaboration, and celebration, instead of competition.
“Filmmakers will be able to work together to inspire and influence the global community in a positive and uplifting manner”, Herman said.

Farai Kupfavira the NACZ Provincial Arts Manager for Midlands says PIFF “Africa 2021” is one of the programmes which fall under the Memorandum of Understanding between NACZ and PIFF based in the United States of America (USA).
“The partnership aims to create and foster relationships amongst artists not only in Zimbabwe but also to have them engage with fellow artists beyond. Its programs are aimed at promoting African artists based in Africa to see their works showcased beyond their countries and the African continent. The program intends to push the essence and value of black culture and have it appreciated”, she said.

The focus of PIFF “Africa 2021” is to address the various aspects of the billion-dollar industry known as filmmaking as well as understanding filmmaking from “in front of the camera to behind the camera” through workshops and seminars.

Herman says the opportunity is aimed at assisting independent filmmakers with opportunities to expose and monetize their creative artworks as well as celebrating filmmaking in its various forms.

“PIFF-Africa 2021 is a family-friendly event that encourages unity within families, allowing them to watch, discuss, learn, and enjoy the films together”, he said.

Several Zimbabwean Artists have used the annual PIFF to premiere their productions. During the 2020 edition, which was hosted virtually due to the travel restrictions imposed by countries due to COVID-19, the late Thola “Osman” Banda premiered his short film “Disturbed” while Visual Artist Keith Zenda had a page created on the main festival website which showcases his work.

The NACZ/PIFF also held an international online Poetry Jam in November where over 15 participants from Nigeria, Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe showcased their talent. Through the Poetry Jam, a collective anthology of Poets who participated is currently under production and will be published shortly.

Filmmakers who want to take part in the mentorship programme can log on to https://filmfreeway.com/piffafrica for more details.

15 Jan 2021

PIONEERING SCULPTOR TAKAWIRA SUCCUMBS TO COVID-19

The Director of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) Mr Nicholas Moyo says the late veteran Sculptor Lazarus Takawira who succumbed to COVID-19 in Harare on Wednesday, was a pioneering Sculptor whose sudden death is a big blow to the local arts industry.

In his message of condolences to the Takawira family, Mr Moyo said the late Lazarus (69) who was buried yesterday was a legend of Shona stone sculpture whose name is recognisable across the globe for his artworks.

“We would like to express its deepest sympathy and sorrow following the death of Lazarus Takawira, one of the country’s multi-award winning and foremost Visual Arts first generation sculptors”, the Director said.

Mr Moyo said Lazarus was a pioneer in the field of sculpture whose work is held in the permanent and overseas collections of the Zimbabwean National Gallery, as well as various public collections around the world, including the Musee du Rodin in Paris, The World Bank in New York, The Africa Museum in Belgium and the Museum of Mumbai, India.

“The death of Lazarus is a big blow to the arts fraternity in Zimbabwe and globally. While he began working in sculpture under his brother John’s guidance in the early 1970s over time his style, subject matter and approach changed considerably as he worked almost exclusively in Spring stone, an exceptionally hard and heavy local stone that gave his work a beautiful finish,” said Mr Moyo.

Takawira was born in 1952 in Nyanga the youngest in a family of four boys. He attended St. Paul’s Secondary School and joined the Police Force after completing his secondary education and received his training at Tomlison depot in Harare in 1970. By the time Lazarus joined the Police force his brothers John and Bernard were already beginning to establish themselves as prominent sculptors both locally and internationally.

During his career with the Police Force, Lazarus did a lot of sculpting in his spare time and his sculptures were exhibited in several exhibitions. In 1980 Lazarus left the force as he felt his work had gained sufficient acclaim to allow him to take up sculpting full time.

“His early work showed a definite influence by his brothers but as time went on his individuality began to come to the fore. He then developed an unmistakable style of his own, which brought him fame at home and abroad,” Mr Moyo said.

During his decades’ long career Takawira was a recipient of many local and international awards including the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) (2008), Award of Merit, Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe (1993), Award of Distinction, Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe(1991), Certificate of Excellence, Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe (1990), Award of Merit, Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe (1989), Certificate of Excellence, Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe (1988) and the Commission for Old Mutual, (1987).

He also participated in various local and International Solo and Group exhibitions including the “Spirit of a Woman”, Galerie Emil Julis, Černčice, Czechia (2009), Französische Botschaft, Harare, (1989) and the Standard Chartered Gallery, John Boyne House, (1987). Other exhibitions include the “Embracing the Spirit”, Henley on Thames, London, UK (2010), “Sculptors of Zimbabwe”, National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenia (2008) and the Minnesota Rocks International Stone Carving Symposium (2006) among others.
May his Soul Rest in Peace.

02 Jan 2021

NACZ MOURNS MOURNS BUSINESSMAN AND MUSIC PROMOTER THOMPSON DONDO

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) Says it is shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Businessman, Philanthropist and music Promoter Mr Thompson Dondo (48).

NACZ Director Mr Nicholas Moyo says the death of Mr Dondo has robbed the Arts fraternity of an all-weather friend who was always on standby to support artists and Arts projects.

“Mr Dondo was heavily involved in the Arts through his promotions company as well his other companies like Fast Fit Matlock and Impala which sponsored prominent Arts events including the National Arts Merit Awards,” Moyo said.

Mr Dondo was also instrumental in promoting his Son King 98 whose music has spread beyond the country including collaborations with prominent continental artists like Tanzanian Diamond Platinumz.

“On behalf of the Management and staff of the NACZ, stakeholders and the entire Arts fraternity, I would like to send our deepest condolences to the Dondo family following the passing on of one of the country’s foremost promoters of the Cultural and Creative Industries,” the Director said.

Mr Moyo said the late Mr Dondo had left a huge void in the Arts industry which had come to depend on his support.

“Mr Dondo was at the time actively involved in supporting practitioners in the CCI sector who were heavily affected by the COVID-19 restrictions by giving them food hampers and even supporting some to record their music. He has passed on at a time the industry needed someone like him for support,” he said.

Funeral arrangements for the late Dondo are yet to be announced. May his soul Rest In Peace

25 Dec 2020

NACZ MOURNS VETERAN JOURNALIST AND NAMA ADJUDICATOR FOSTER DONGOZI

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) wishes to express its most sincere condolences to the Dongozi family, stakeholders and practitioners in media industry following the passing on of Foster Dongozi the Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ).

Dongozi served diligently as an adjudicator for the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) and in the past 4-years he was the chairperson of the Journalism sub-committee.

He was part of the team that the NACZ consulted in the introduction of the Journalism category at the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA).

The passing of Dongozi has left a huge void in the journalism sector as he was always at the forefront of the fight to improve the conditions of service for media practitioners in Zimbabwe.

As NACZ we will surely miss his direction and insight in the NAMA adjudication process to which he dedicated his time and passion to make sure that only the best proponents of the arts in the media were rewarded.

May his soul Rest in Eternal Peace

10 Dec 2020

THEATRE IN THE PARK HARARE HOSTS MBEU

Mbeu and The Mhodzi Tribe Band are set to perform at the third and final concert of the Music in Africa Live Series at Theatre-in-the-Parkthis Friday the 11th of December 2020 only at from 6:30 PM to 8 PM.

The Music in Africa Live was opened by the princess of mbira, Hope Masike who performed on the 30th of October.The second artist to perform was Bulawayo-based Jazz/Gospel star Vuyo Brown who performed on the 20th of November.

In a statement, Rooftop Promotions communications officer Passmore Ndlovu said the program was launched by the Music in Africa Foundation as a response to the effects of the global Covid-19 to the music industry and is aimed at offering financial support to operators, to enable them to create high-quality works and promote, market and showcase their content to a wider global audience, primarily via digital means.

” We have been the only recipients of this grant in the country and have so far implemented quite a number of arts development projects from national to regional level’, Ndlovu said.

The producer for Theatre in the Park Daves Guzha was excited about hosting Mbeu for the final concert.

“we couldn’t have asked for a better artist to do the honours of closing this very rewarding Music in Africa Live Concert. Arguably, Mbeu, is Zimbabwe’s highly gifted and fastest rising star” Guzha said.

Eugene Museredza, the Mhodzi Tribe band manager Meanwhile, said they were excited and very ready for the concert.

“We are very excited to be part of this program and having been selected to be the final act means we must bring our “A” game to the stge. We assure our loyal fans and new viewers an electrifying performance. We are ready” , he said.

The fast-rising star who was groomed at Pakare Paye Arts Centre will be closing down the Music in Africa Live concert with the show that will be streamed live on the Theatre in the Park Harare Facebook page. Performers for the Music in Africa series were carefully selected based on their experience and potential to go global with their music career.

19 Nov 2020

NAMA 2021 DATE ANNOUNCED

The National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) will be held on 27th February 2021 under the theme ‘Our Legacy, Our Pride’.

NACZ Director Mr Nicholas Moyo told journalists in Harare today that NAMA shall celebrate Zimbabwe’s 40th anniversary as well as the 35 years of National Arts Council existence.

“This will be a unique event in the sense that on the night we shall honour forty (40) legends as we celebrate 40 years of Independence, we therefore have dubbed it NAMA Legends Awards’, Mr Moyo said.

The Director said the Legends Awards provided for a strategic postponement of the competitive 20TH NAMA whose hosting hung on the balance due to COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns.

“The prestigious competitive annual awards are therefore postponed for a year owing to the impact of the COVID-19 disease on creativity and the arts sector in particular over the past 8 months. In reaching the decision to postpone the competitive NAMA, NACZ is cognisant of the fact that a lack of activity in the sector has greatly affected the ability of artists to create in their usual spaces”, he said.

Mr Moyo added that while the NACZ recognized that some arts disciplines were able to operate under the stringent lockdown conditions, the whole integrity of NAMA stood to be compromised in a situation where there were significant inhibitions to creativity created by the stringent lockdown regulations.

“In this regard the postponed NAMA will be held in February 2022 and will reward art works created in the period 1st December 2019 to 30th November 2021. This extended period is to allow artists to resume their operations in light of the relaxed COVID19 regulations”, the Director said.

Mr Moyo said by hosting the Legends Awards the NACZ desired to reflect on the developments in the Cultural and Creative Industries over the past 40 years and celebrate the achievements by providing honorary awards to the people who were influential during the period in shaping the various subsectors of the CCIs. The awards are a special honour and recognition to legendary creatives who have raised high the flag of the country over the stated period.

The legends Awards are meant to inspire practitioners in the sector which is reopening under the post COVID-19 conditions to take advantage of the new creative environment and get back to their creative spaces and produce artworks that will make them the future legends.

09 Nov 2020

NACZ Mourns Veteran Actor Lazarus Boora “Gringo”

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe says it has leant with shock and sadness news of the death of Veteran actor and comedian Lazarus Boora (47) popularly known as Gringo.

In a statement NACZ Director Mr Nicholas Moyo said Boora was a rare breed of comedian who was propelled to fame by the 1997 ZBCTV hit drama Series “Gringo” and he subsequently featured in other spin-offs of the show like “Gringo Ndiani” and “Gringo Mari Iripi”.

He recently starred as Gibbo in the ZTV series “Village Secrets”.

“Boora will be remembered forever as the master of local television with his signature makeshift khaki short, black vest, barefoot and his witty humour which kept millions of Zimbabweans glued to their television sets”, Moyo said.

Gringo’s television acting career began when he appeared on a TV commercial for Castle Lager and he later on worked for the now defunct Joy TV where he appeared on some TV shows.

In 2013 he reprised his role as Gringo for the big screen in the Movie Gringo “The Troublemaker”.

“The NACZ Management and staff would like to express their sincerest condolences to Amai Boora and the Boora family, the arts fraternity and the nation at large following the passing on of one of the country’s most recognisable television personalities. May his Soul rest in eternal peace”, the Director said.

05 Nov 2020

NACZ HAILS WELL-WISHERS FOR SUPPORTING “GRINGO”

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has hailed doctors and other well wishers who have come to the aid of popular actor and comedian Lazarus “Gringo” Boora who has since been hospitalized at a private health care facility in Ruwa.

Speaking during a visit to the comedian’s home in Hatfield yesterday, NACZ Deputy Director Mr Josiah Kusena thanked the private doctors who have extended a helping hand to the actor whose health had deteriorated as he did not have access to medical care which complicated his medical condition.

“As NACZ we are happy that these doctors and other well-wishers have chipped in to assist and we wish Gringo a speedy recovery so he can continue to entertain Zimbabweans with his brand of humour”, said Mr Kusena.
The veteran actor is fighting intestine obstruction, back and hearing problems after having undergone an appendix surgery in October last year.

In January the government through the NACZ presented groceries and an assortment of home consumables to the actor/comedian who was convalescing at his rural homestead in Rukweza after undergoing surgery.

29 Oct 2020

PROVINCIAL ARTS MANAGER

The person reports to the Assistant Director (Arts Promotion and Development) at Head Office.

 Job Purpose

To Develop, Promote and Regulate Creative and Cultural activities in the province.

 Key Result Areas

  • Promotion and development of the arts and culture within the province through active engagement with all artists and varied stakeholders
  • Perform administrative role and Supervision of staff at the provincial level.
  • Resource mobilization for funding of the arts and culture activities in the province.
  • Develop and maintain up-to-date database of artists and arts legends by genres
  • Oversee arts projects and their impact at the provincial level.
  • Create new arts projects which contribute lasting difference in the lives of artist and sector.
  • Create strategies for the visibility of arts, culture and heritage programs in the province and ably interface with Local Authorities within the province and develop and maintain lasting relationships with provincial media houses
  • Cooperate with Government and Local Authorities in all programmes and platforms concerning the arts.
  • Establish networks, linkages and partnerships with relevant stakeholders for a win-win outcomes within the province
  • Produce issue based, monthly and annual narrative and financial reports for all provincial activities.
  • Carry out research in Intangible Cultural Heritage in the province
  • Spearhead the registration of Arts groups, associations and promoters in the province
  • Organise arts capacitation workshops, seminars and provincial arts conferences

Competence and Skills

We are looking for a passionate dynamic self-starter and motivated individual with the following competences:

  • Ability to provide leadership at the provincial level
  • Office administration and research capabilities in critical issues in arts, culture and heritage sector
  • Exhibit high level of Integrity and demonstrable human skills
  • Good communication and negotiating skills
  • Enterprising personality with an eye for generating good business for the Council.

Qualifications and Knowledge

  • Social Sciences degree that speaks to the Arts, Culture and Heritage domains
  • Proven experience in arts and culture sector
  • Proven experience and ability to write concepts papers, funding proposals and conduct research in the Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Must be highly computer literate and in possession of class 4 driver licence.

Interested candidates should submit an application letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae to:

 

The Director

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe

P O Box 10463, HARARE

or send by email to:

naczvacancies@gmail.com

Please indicate the post applied for on the application letter and submit not later than

20th  November 2020

26 Oct 2020

CULTURAL AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES NATIONAL STRATEGY LAUNCHED

Government has launched the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) strategy for the Period 2020 to 2030 which will guide the development and growth of the sector for it to become a critical player in the matrix of attaining an Upper Middle-Income Society as spelt out in Vision 2030.

In an online address to stakeholders to officially announce the policy, the Minister of Youth Sport Arts and Recreation Honourable Kirsty Coventry said the strategy identified ten pillars that need to be accorded immediate attention within the timelines given.

“Attending to these pillars will firmly position the CCIs as pivotal for the sector’s role in national economic development and employment creation. Products from the CCIs sector which inherently contribute to building social cohesion, peace and the marketing of Zimbabwe will also gain a foothold,” she said.

The ten pillars identified are; Cultural markets and business development, Intellectual property, Funding, financing and investment, Education, capacity building and training, Cultural infrastructure, Cultural statistics and research, Media, information and communication technologies, Cultural diplomacy and global business, Cultural governance and Safeguarding cultural heritage.

The Minister implored agencies such the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ), the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ), The CCIs sector genres of Film and Video, Visual Arts, Dance, Theatre, Music, spoken word, Literary Arts, Fashion, Graphic Design, Crafts etc to glean from the National Cultural and Creative Industries Strategy to craft their strategies.

“It is also critical for me to underline that during the implementation of the Strategy, Ministry will include a wide range of stakeholders from the public and private sectors; As a Ministry, we invite the corporate world, development partners, agencies and educational institutions to feel free to pick aspects among the ten pillars that they wish to run with or partner the Ministry or CCIs sector players in their implementation support processes”, Minister Coventry said.

She added that her ministry will work through the NACZ and NGZ to collaborate with Government Ministries, other government agencies, CCIs practitioners, Arts Associations and Organisations, development partners, the corporates, civic society and well-wishers.

“Most importantly, the various State and private-owned institutions, which include the media, Universities, Polytechnics, Teacher Education Colleges and those specialised institutions that not only offer technical training but also nurture and expose creative talent, including the film and theatre schools, will be duly courted”, the Minister said.

Hon Coventry also announced that the Ministry will also be reaching out to organisations and individuals who are interested in unlocking the inherent value and potential of CCIs to become a formidable and robust economic sector for Zimbabwe.