The National Arts and Culture dialogue commonly referred to as Indaba is a forum held annually, bringing together captains and leaders in the arts and culture sector to interact and share ideas. It is a platform for stakeholders in the arts and culture sector to meet and dialogue on issues affecting the development and future of the sector, as well as taking stock of sector achievements. The Indaba is also a National Arts strategy dialogue held to identify action points and recpmmend specific courses of action in the creative industries and beyond.
The Indaba provides opportunities for learning and strengthening sector collaboration and participation in national processes. The Indaba also provides an opportunity for arts captains and leaders to network and create linkages towards a consolidated growth of the culture sector in Zimbabwe. Indaba has over the years sought to embrace a national outlook by being hosted in different parts of the country annually, to enable stakeholders from various parts of the country to have an opportunity to dialogue at a high level and agenda setting platform for the sector. The last five seminars were held as follows; Bulawayo (2014), Harare (2013), Masvingo (2012), Murewa (2011) and Harare(2010).
An average number of seventy (70) participants are invited to attend the Indaba and these come from all sub-sectors of the creative industries.The key participants are:
- Registered Arts Organisations
- Civil Society
- Ministry of Rural Development , Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage
- Regional Arts Councils
- Development Culture Agencies
- Funding Partners
The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe has set the goals of Indaba as:
- To provide an interactive platform for sectoral representation by key players in the sector.
- To bring together sector representatives to review sectoral trends with a view to mapping development strategies on an annual basis.
- To provide the opportunity for arts and culture captains and leaders to share and exchange ideas and information on policy issues in order to influence decisions and strategic direction of the creative industries.
- To facilitate acquisitioin of skills, resources, networks and institutional links between and/ or among cultural leaders to enhance their success in the