Swedish embassy donates $1.35m to the Zimbabwe arts sector

The government of Sweden through its embassy in Zimbabwe has pledged to donate $1.35m via the Culture Fund. The Culture Fund is a local NGO that promotes the development of the arts. Its mandate is also to reduce gender violence, combat child marriage and promote environmental awareness. The Scandinavian nation entered into agreement with the…

Sotheby’s Inaugural Modern and Contemporary African Art Sale Falls Just Shy of £2.8 Million Low Estimate

  Sotheby’s first-ever Modern and Contemporary African Art sale took place in London this year in May 2017, totaling £2,794,750 (about $3,600,000)—just shy of the low estimate of £2,800,000. Of 116 lots, 79 sold (while one was withdrawn before the sale). Despite a slight overall miss, a number of works sold within, or greatly surpassed, their estimates. Plus,…

Nyaude Exposes Social Ills Through Art

Talented visual artist Gresham Nyaude said he is ready to excel and change the face of the local arts industry through his works. The 29-year-old artist said he draws his inspiration from day to day activities that take place in Mbare where he resides and surrounding areas. “I am a person who grew up in…

Zimbabwe Arts Festival: Artists turn rubbish into beauty

This year Zimbabwe hosted the Harare International Festival of the Arts. In a country dealing with cash shortages, power cuts and high unemployment, artists have been striving to reveal a beauty in the environment around them. Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa reports from Harare.

Winky D outshines dancehall King Beenie Man

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO GRAMMY award-winning Jamaican reggae-dancehall musician Anthony Moses Davis, popularly known as Beenie Man, left thousands of his Zimbabwean fans disappointed as he failed to perform to expectations early Sunday morning at the inaugural Spring Festival at Alexandra Sports Club in Harare. While purported to be the King of Dancehall, Beenie Man’s crown…

Beenie Man headlines Spring Festival 26 August 2017

TOP Jamaican dancehall chanter, Beenie Man – real name Antony Moses Davis – will next month renew his romance with locals when he performs at the inaugural Spring Festival in the capital city of Zimbabwe, Harare. The renowned dancehall star, who will be visiting our shores for the first time in seven years after starring…

Budding writers cry foul over economic crisis, isolation

LOCAL budding writers have blamed the economic crisis in the country and the shrinking book market, combined with Zimbabwe’s international isolation for the compromised quality of work on the market. Speaking at the just-ended Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF), the new generation of writers said the state of the economy is forcing them to split…

Pamuzinda doing wonders in Europe

MARIMBA outfit, Pamuzinda Traditional Music Ensemble from Highfield in Harare, is doing wonders during their European tour, which kicked off in May with the 14th edition of the Afrika Festival in Birkenried, Germany. The tour is an annual European jamboree, which the group has embarked on since 1998. The eight-member group comprising four members based in…

National Gallery commemorates 60th anniversary

NATIONAL Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) on Friday last week launched The Perfect Coffee Table Book to mark the institution’s 60th anniversary. The book was meant to shed light on artworks by Zimbabwean artists and to serve as a source of key pointers on artistic careers and practices. NGZ conservation and collections manager, Lillian Chaonwa, said…

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