Lastword Musekiwa |  2 weeks ago | Entertainment
The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) and Nature’s Craddle will next Wednesday host the first “ Culture Imbizo and Exhibition Cradle in Harare, as part of the ongoing Culture Month Commemorations.
In a statement, NACZ Communication and Marketing Manager Rodney Ruwende said the event will provide a platform for interaction between creative stakeholders.
“The Culture Imbizo is designed to provide a platform for gathering, meeting and dialogue where creative industry practitioners will meet business executives to engage in conversations and networking,” he said.
“Discussions will seek to align the culture sector and transform the country’s creative industry into an economic driver. Key outcomes of this inaugural Imbizo include rejuvenated and informed policy reformation, systems change, and the creation of new structures that will align and reinforce collaboration between Business, Government and the CCI sector,” he added.
The event, will run under the general Culture Month theme, “Celebrating Cultural Diversity Leaving no one behind” and Ruwende said speakers have been lined up for the event
“Nine influential business and Creative sector speakers will headline the discussions at the Imbizo. Confirmed speakers at the event include Russell Mavudzi (Music Management Forum of Zimbabwe), Godfrey Koti (Zimbabwe Tourism Authority) Masimba Kuchera (Inclusive Consultant) Sekai Kuvarika (Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries), Nigel Chanakira (SMI), and Phillipa Phillips (Phillips Law),” he said.
The Imbizo will also feature carefully selected performances by award-winning South Africa based Zimbabwean Artist Bekezela, Imbube group Amaqaqa and a curated set by a high school band churning out old songs from the 1980s.
The exhibition Cradle will showcase Zimbabwean CCI sector products, with some regional countries also expected to showcase their products in line with the theme of the event. The exhibition will show traditional cuisines, traditional musical instruments, traditional tools and equipment.
Meanwhile, the second Week of Culture Month is in full swing with District launches taking place in Gokwe South, Gweru, Zvishavane, Mberengwa and Shurugwi. A Cultural Foods Cooking Competition will also be held at the Gwanda Culture village.