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21 Jun 2021

NATIONAL HERO, COMPOSER AND WRITER FATHER RIBEIRO LAID TO REST

Prominent Roman Catholic Cleric Father Ribeiro has been buried at the National Heroes Acre becoming the first priest to be buried at the sacred shrine.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the late cleric, writer and composer led an exemplary that the country’s youth should be inspired to live vice free lives, shun drugs and corruption.

“We thus, mourn a great son of the soil, a Roman Catholic priest, Father (Baba), a brother, a comrade, composer and novelist. He worked tirelessly and used his diverse talents to nurture the souls of many people in our beloved country,” said the President.

The late father Ribeiro, died last Thursday at St Anne’s hospital in Harare after a short illness had a long career in the catholic church as a cleric and composer of church hymns.

In his condolence message, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) Director Mr Nicholas Moyo described the late father Ribeiro as one of the pioneering writers in the native language during the colonial era.

“His first two Shona novels Muchadura (1967) and Tonderai (1969) winning him prizes in competitions arranged by the Rhodesia Literature Bureau. Muchadura also sold a record-breaking 3000 copies and has been used as secondary schools set book”, Moyo said.

In a wide-ranging career in the arts, Fr also wrote Shona epilogues for the Rhodesia Broadcasting Corporation’s African Service for two years and was also a correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Mr Moyo said the late Priest was also a prolific music composer having composed his first Roman Catholic Church song “Gamuchirai Mambo” in 1961. He composed 17 catholic church songs including Alleluia Munyika Dzose, Tauya Nezvipo Zvemupiro, Mambo Mwari Wamasimba, Hwayana yaMwari, and Mwari Ngaarumbidzwe amongst others.

Father Ribeiro also undertook and executed with distinction important national assignments. He was the head of the committee which composed the country’s national anthem and was part of the committee which designed Zimbabwe’s national flag.

“The late Priest has left a rich legacy for the country in his literary and musical works which have inspired many. These works have stood the test of time and have become part of the country’s cultural and political heritage”, Moyo said.

26 May 2021

Revised African Union plan of action validated

The Validation Workshop on the Revised African Union Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) has called for the Ratification and Implementation of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance
The Validation Workshop was organized to gather inputs from AU Member States experts and cultural and creative industries workers before its presentation for adoption to the AU Policy Organs
The AU Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) was adopted during the 2nd Session of the African Union Conference of Ministers of Culture (CAMC2) held in Algiers, Algeria in 2008.
The AU Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries is a revised edition of the Dakar Plan of Action of 1992 prepared in the spirit of the World Decade for Cultural Development (1988-1997). The Republic of Zimbabwe and cultural and creative workers proposed the review of the Plan of Action. The proposed review was then approved by the Specialized Technical Committee on Youth, Culture and Sport held in Algiers, Algeria in October 2018.
The proposed review of the AU Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries aimed at ensuring that current trends on the African creative economy and internationally were included in the African Union Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries and it also strongly focused on potential areas for the development of the creative economy sector on the continent.
As such, the Revised African Union Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries has identified eight (8) key areas that can contribute to the development of Cultural and Creative Industries in Africa. These areas are:
• Markets for Africa’s Cultural and Creative Industries
• Education, Capacity Building and Sustainability
• Finance and Investment
• Intellectual Property Rights
• Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
• Cultural Infrastructure
• Cultural and Creative Industry Statistics; and
• Social Inclusion and Cohesion
The review of the Plan of Action was concluded in April 2020 and the Validation Workshop was organized to gather inputs from AU Member States experts and cultural and creative industries workers before its presentation for adoption to the AU Policy Organs.
During the opening, Ms Cisse Mariama Mohamed, Director for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development (HHS) welcomed participants of the Validation Workshop of the Revised African Union Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries. Director reiterated that the Revised African Union Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries envisions an innovative, integrated, peaceful and prosperous Africa, where cultural and creative industries are the cornerstone of inclusive and sustainable development driven by its people and rich heritage.
She used the opportunity to also inform the participants that the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance which was adopted in 2006 has entered into force, and called for the Member States to implement this continental policy tool. Ms Cisse Mariama Mohamed further requested support in advocating for the ratification and implementation of the Statute of the African Audio Visual and Cinema Commission (AACC) which the Government of Kenya has graciously offered to host.

“We need urgently to operationalize the AACC, a Specialized Agency of the African Union so that it starts implementing its programmes and promote the production and marketing of our creative products on the continent and in the world at large,” the Director emphasized.
Mr Daves Guzha, Chairperson of the Bureau of the Pan-African Cultural Congress (PACC5) in his statement of support acknowledged the support and the trust which the AU Commission has provided to the Technical Working Group since 2018 when the review process started.
Dr Thokozile Chitepo, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Sport Arts and Recreation in Zimbabwe reiterated the country’s commitment to the process of revising the AU Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries. In her statement of support, she said the Republic of Zimbabwe will continue to provide its support to enable African cultures and creative industries to thrive.
The workshop, which was a working session, provided inputs and recommendations on the Revised Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries which will allow it to move to the next stage.

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27 Apr 2021

11 COUNTRIES FOR PIFF-AFRICA 2021 FILM FESTIVAL

TWENTY THREE (23) film entries from 11 African countries have been selected to participate in the inaugural edition of the PIFF-Africa 2021 Film Festival.

The festival which is a partnership between the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) and the Piton International Film Festival (PIIF) will run virtually from the 13th to the 23rd of May 2021.

Farai Kupfavira the NACZ Provincial Arts Manager for Midlands Province and the Programme Coordinator says there has been an overwhelming response from the continent to take part in the initiative to promote filmmakers who are based in Africa.

“ At the close of submissions on the 17th of April, we had received 23 films from 11 African Countries which include, South Africa, Morocco, Uganda, Cameroon and 2 films from Zimbabwe were submitted”, she said.

Kupfavira said the themes and storylines for the submitted films were varied and included topical and hot issues that affect the African continent.

“ The issues tackled in the films are wide and they include Gender-Based-Violence and Sexuality which are prevalent in many countries even outside the African continent”, she said.

Ed “Umoja” Herman the President and Founder of PIFF was also ecstatic about the entries to the festival which only opened in January.

“From music videos to full feature projects, PIFF-Africa is proud to see the level of work that has come to us and we will use our global platform to assist the filmmakers in getting their brand to more locations,” he said.

Umoja said PIFF will showcase the films during the festival and work with the filmmakers to monetize their content.

“Because we are based on the collaborative spirit we will be working with the filmmakers who are interested in monetizing work after the festival. Much thanks to all the filmmakers who have submitted to PIFF-Africa 2021 we look forward to building a long working relationship with you”, Umoja said.

The PIFF-Africa 2021 is a 12-month initiative that focuses on celebrating filmmaking and seeks to work collaboratively with filmmakers who are based in Africa providing a unique opportunity for Filmmakers for education, collaboration, and celebration, instead of competition.

20 Apr 2021

ADDITIONAL BOARD MEMBERS FOR NATIONAL GALLERY OF ZIMBABWE

The Minister of Youth, Sport Arts and Recreation, Hon Kirsty Coventry has appointed Six new members, to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) board in line with the Gallery of Zimbabwe Act of 1985 and the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act of 2019.

The new board members who include Zimpapers chief executive officer Mr Pikirayi Deketeke, Ms Chelsea Sian Evans, Mr Morris Mpala, Mr Bryn Taurai Mteki, Mr Nigel Phillip and Ms Joyce Chimanye will serve a five-year term

The appointment of the six complements the already serving board members who were appointed by President Mnangagwa in 2017. These are Dr Solomon Guramatunhu, Mr Busani Bafana, Mr Job Ronald Torindoh, Mrs Patricia Broderick and Mr David Scott.

Announcing the appointments Dr Kirsty Coventry, challenged the board to come up with an arts strategy deriving from the national creative industries strategy.

“I expect you to come up with a visual arts strategy that derives from the overarching national creative industries strategy. The Government has two critical documents that you need to know as a board, these are the National Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy and the National Culture and Creative Industries Strategy.”

Cabinet recently approved the principles for the Arts and Culture Bill, which seeks to harmonise the laws on administration and structures of the sector.

Minister Coventry said visual arts were critical in the quest to attain an upper-middle-income economy by 2030.

“As you are aware, Government has clearly articulated the need to attain an upper-middle-income economy by the year 2030 and this will be attained through a five-year development plan under the National Development Strategy,” she said.

“Within this framework, the visual arts are a critical vehicle for several areas like the national economy, employment creation, image building, strategic national rebranding and national building.”

To guarantee the development of quality products, the Government is keen to institutionalise quality training which would help reclaim the visual arts market and combat piracy.

Minister Coventry implored visual arts practitioners to utilise digital media platforms in showcasing their work.

03 Apr 2021

ARTIST URGED TO GET VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19

The Director of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Mr Nicholas has urged practitioners in the Cultural and Creative sector to be vaccinated against the deadly COVID-19 disease to add weight to calls for the reopening of the entertainment sector in the country.
Speaking to journalists after leading over 33 Artists, promoters and staff to be vaccinated at Wilkins Hospital in Harare, Mr Moyo said artists need to be vaccinated against the deadly disease which has claimed the lives of over a thousand Zimbabweans.
“We started calling artists this week and encouraged them to get vaccinated. Some said they had done it privately while others agreed and they are joining us here today” the Director said.
Mr Moyo said the gesture by the artists who agreed to be vaccinated was a sign that the sector was serious about preventing the spread of the disease and called on the government to consider reopening the sector to allow the hosting of live shows.
“I am happy that artists have taken part in creating a safe environment in the arts sector. I am confident that Cabinet will consider our request for the reopening of the arts sector”, he said.
The vaccination comes amid clamouring for the reopening of the entertainment sector which has been closed since March last year as the government instituted lockdown crowd control measures, affecting performances.
Artists who got vaccinated include, NAMA legends, Daves Guzha, Dominic Benhura, Ben Mahaka, Irene Chigamba, Fradreck Mujuru, Nakai Matema and Chirikure Chikure, Music Promoters Patson Chimbodza and Macdonald Kachingwe, Musicians Actress Kesia Masona aka Muchaneta.
NAMA legend Daves Guzha said it was important for artists to get vaccinated.
“As an artist and public figure, I can make a difference and encourage each other to get one. I am grey-haired, it is also an encouragement to the young artists that I have done this and I am still alive. We should not fear this vaccination,” he said.
Actress Kessia “Muchaneta” Masona welcomed the vaccination adding that artists must think about the safety of their clients amid the clamour for the reopening of the sector.
“This is a first step ahead in the entertainment industry I know we all want the sector to be opened, but we must think of safety first. This was long overdue and we should all get vaccinated before they open our arts sector,” said Masona.
Poet Chirikure Chirikure said vaccination would rebuild confidence in humanity and encouraged people to be vaccinated.
“I am doing my part to contribute to the well-being of the nation. My advice is that people should be vaccinated. The process is fast and friendly and the environment here is conducive. This is an opportunity, let’s make use of it,” he said.
The COVID-19 disease has had a serious impact on the Cultural and Creative Industries in Zimbabwe with many artists losing their source of livelihood as the different lockdown regimes implemented by the government over the past year have had stringent limits on gatherings affecting the ability to hold live shows.

23 Feb 2021

NACZ MOURNS VETERAN JOURNALIST MAXWELL SIBANDA

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has learnt with deep shock and sadness, the tragic news of the passing on of the Daily News Assistant editor, Maxwell Sibanda (52).

Sibanda’s career in the media sector stretched over decades starting in 1994 where he worked for several magazines until he joined the Daily News at its inception. He previously served as the Newspaper’s Entertainment Editor.

Sibanda was an accomplished writer who published the book D’Zimbabwe – House Made of Stone. He also attended various writing programmes during his stay in Germany between 2006 to January 2007.

He was a dedicated journalist who plied his trade with conviction. He distinguished himself in the Zimbabwean media landscape and he has left a huge gap in the entertainment sector.

NACZ would like to convey its deepest condolences to the Sibanda family, his colleagues at the Daily News, and the entire Media fraternity in Zimbabwe.

May His Soul Rest in Peace

21 Feb 2021

GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES FACILITY FOR YOUNG INNOVATORS

The Ministry of Youth Sport Arts and Recreation is opening a platform for young innovators from all walks of life with an opportunity to showcase their work to the Government and stand a chance to secure technical and financial support for their innovations as part of this year’s National Youth Day Commemorations.

In a statement to the media, the minister of Youth Sport Arts and Recreation Dr. Kirsty Coventry said the ministry through the Zimbabwe Youth Council, National Arts Council, Sports and Recreation Commission, and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe had lined up an online, two-day, fun-filled and enlightening programme to celebrate National Youth Day from 25-.26 February 2021.

“As Zimbabwe embarks on transforming into an upper-middle-class economy by 2030, this year’s celebrations will seek to capture the voices, actions and initiatives of young people to combat the pandemic and its effect s to retard socio-economic development,” she said.

The Minister said Zimbabwean youths have over the years showed an insatiable thirst to make the country the great place it is as they are innovative, valiant, and brilliant.

“The Ministry of Youth Sport Arts and recreation is proud of our youths and will take advantage of every opportunity to provide young people with opportunities for growth and participation in the broader national economy,” Dr. Coventry said.

The 21st of February is National Youth Day. The day was proclaimed and instituted by Government in 2017 in order for the nation to recognise and celebrate the contributions made by the youths throughout the history of the country as well as for the young people to recognise and emulate the leadership values which include: patriotism, self-sacrifice, hard work, respect, dignity, compassion among others.

Since then, the day has been commemorated annually and the youth in Zimbabwe have embraced this day as an opportune moment to celebrate the fruits of long and hard-won independence and to reflect on their contribution to national development.

Minister Coventry said Zimbabwe had not been spared from the devastations of the Corona Virus Disease of 2019, Covid-19.

“The pandemic has impacted on the lives and livelihoods of millions of Zimbabweans. Young people who lead active and adventurous lives have been impacted the worst by the global pandemic. Ironically, as the world adjusts to a new normal where ICTs have become the answer to the demands of daily activities, it is the resilience, easy adaptation and innovativeness of young people that is called upon,” she said.

The minister said the government of Zimbabwe is ever cognizant of the ever-changing global trends and with it the needs and experiences of young people. She said the National Youth Day is a window of opportunity for engaging young people, to hear their views and opinions, to create a dialogue with the government aimed at bridging intergenerational gaps, and most importantly to act on the needs of every young person.

17 Feb 2021

NACZ MOURNS SOUL JAH LOVE

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) says the death of Soul Musaka (31) aka Soul Jah Love has robbed the nation of one of its talented young musicians.

In a statement, NACZ Director, Nicholas Moyo said “Sauro” pioneered in the production and promotion of ZimdanceHall music from the high-density suburb of Mbare to national prominence.

“NACZ would like to convey its sincerest condolences to the Musaka Family following the sudden and untimely death of Soul Jah Love. May the family find solace in the comfort of the Lord”, Moyo said.

The Director said Jah Love emerged from a crop of youngsters who were hungry for success in the music industry with their mix of Jamaican-influenced reggae beats with Zimbabwean style lyrics which resonated with the experiences of the youth in the country.

“He was a talented musician who took the nation by storm with his innovative lyrics in songs like “Pamamonya Ipapo”, “Ndini Uya Uya”, “Fare Fare Tindike”, “Ndongosimudza Musoro” among a host of other compositions”, he said.

The statement said Soldier Love had left a big void in the Zimbabwe music and dancehall sector and he will be sorely missed by his legions of fans and the entire music fraternity in Zimbabwe.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

25 Jan 2021

The Culture Fund launches CreativeACTIONs 2nd Call for Proposals

The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust today launched its 2nd Call for Proposals under the CreativeACTIONs project which seeks to strengthen capacities for Zimbabwean artists, cultural practitioners and institutions, creative civil society organizations, private operators involved in creative industries, arts associations and professional networks as well as arts education institutions.

In statement Mr Farai Mpfunya the Executive Director of Culture Fund Zimbabwe Trust said CreativeACTIONs aims to facilitate and strengthen the growth of Zimbabwe creative sector and their capacities to promote equitable access, inclusive participation and benefitting from artistic and cultural expressions by all citizens.

“It seeks to help improve social cohesion, gender equality and livelihoods. Projects implemented in the digital environment but impacting a diverse and wide range of publics will receive special consideration”, Mpfunya said.
Under the programme which is supported by the European Union Delegation to Zimbabwe, only project proposals containing activities that fully comply with the COVID-19 guidelines and demonstrate adaptability to different stages of the lockdown measures by the government of Zimbabwe will be considered.

The statement outlined that project proposals may be submitted under two categories with the first category having a providing a grant minimum of USD6, 000 and a maximum amount of USD50, 000 with the indicative allocation for grants under this category at USD100, 000. Under the second category applicants can apply for minimum of USD500 and a maximum amount of USD5, 000 with the indicative allocation for grants under this category pegged at USD50, 000.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Thursday the 11th of March 2021 at 5pm and more information on application modalities can be accessed at https://www.culturefund.org.zw/ or info@culturefund.co.zw and the contact number for enquiries are +263 242794617 / +263 242794211.

23 Jan 2021

THEATRE LEGEND DOUG HILL DIES

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has learnt with shock and sadness news of the passing on of Zimbabwe’s revered theatre guru and National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) winner, the Legendary Doug Hill (93).

NACZ Director Mr Nicholas Moyo says the death of Hill is a great loss to the entire arts industry.

“Doug was a true gentleman who dedicated his life to mentoring young theatre groups especially through his support of the Masvingo High school Drama festival”, he said.

The founding director of Charles Austin Theatre, in Masvingo, Hill’s career began in the then Umtali (Mutare), in the 1950s where from the onset he exhibited great ambition and instinct from staging his first production on a makeshift stage to being one of the cornerstones of Masvingo’s multi-award-winning drama company, the Masvingo Drama Circle, now the Masvingo Theatre and Arts Club.

Hill passionately advocated for the construction of the Charles Austin Theatre, Masvingo’s only theatre house, which was officially opened in 1974.

The late theatre practitioner is also a former mayor and alderman of Masvingo where he enjoyed a Freedom of the Municipality.

He is a former District Governor of the Rotary Club during the period when the District encompassed Zimbabwe, Malawi, Swaziland and a region of South Africa.

May his soul rest in Peace.