Zimbabwe’s ‘Mother and Child’ sculptor (Dominic Benhure)

Dominic Benhura is an internationally acclaimed Zimbabwean artist who has made a name for himself with his unique mother and child stone sculptures. His works have been exhibited at galleries across the world and have sold at auction for tens of thousands of dollars. He talked to the BBC at his studio in Harare and…

Zim to host Miss Culture World

Zimbabwe will hog the international limelight as it is set to host the inaugural Miss Culture Worldwide slated for October this year. Tailored as a strategic instrument for destination marketing, Miss Culture Worldwide will be used to promote tourism, cultural diversity and national heritage. Countries that are expected to participate include Russia, Brazil, Portugal, United…

Call for a comprehensive arts policy in Zimbabwe

By Zandile Zaza Ndlovu Zimbabwe Arts practitioners have made an urgent call for the establishment of a comprehensive arts policy that will guide operations within the sector. A dearth of arts policies that speak to artistes, lack of knowledge on various art forms by local consumers and challenges on building and harnessing audiences locally and…

Zimbabwe’s incomplete PayPal experience adds to cash crisis frustrations

PayPal, the American online money transfer, is undoubtedly a global online transactions giant. According to its own account, it has 179 million accounts drawn from 190 markets. In 2014 it gave Zimbabweans a glimmer of hope by lifting what, by all definitions, was an embargo on Zimbabwe by starting to allow accounts with Zimbabwean cards and…

National Art Gallery Exhibition of Zimbabwe: Lost and Found

By Lindsay Chiswe The National Gallery of Zimbabwe held its first exhibition of the year on the 22nd February 2018 at its premises running under the theme- Lost and Found, “Resilience, Uncertainty, Expectations, Excitement and Hope”. The exhibition sought to reaffirm the position of the artists as the primary storyteller, using different media and it…

RBZ unveils $15m Tourism Support Facility

THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has unveiled a $15 million Tourism Support Facility aimed at capacitating small players to effectively participate in the development of the sector and contribute towards improving the country’s economy. Addressing tourism stakeholders in Harare recently, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira said the facility would go a long…

Open Invitation to the meeting with the Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation at the Chitungwiza Arts Centre – 16th January

The Ministry of Sport, Arts and Recreation and the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) is cordially inviting Artists, Arts Organizations and Associations and Arts Promoters to attend the Minister Meet the Artists Forum to be held at Chitungwiza Arts Centre in Chitungwiza. The Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation Honourable Kazembe Kazembe is on…

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…

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