UK-based Zimbabwean women in reality show.

A new online reality show, Zimbabweans With Attitude, Glam & Style (ZWAGS) which premiered on April 14th 2018 in London reflects on the glamorous life of UK-based Zimbabwean stylist and aspiring model Precious “Cookies” Matare and fashion designer Gladys Smith as well as their friends and love interests. The show which was met with rave…

Contribution of art to travel, tourism and the Zimbabwe economy

BY SIMBARASHE RUSSELL SIYAKURIMA To argue the contribution of art in travel and tourism, one has to understand the two factors in question. Art and Tourism. In very simplistic terminology, Travel and Tourism has to do with the sightseeing, exporting the scenic national natural beauty, promoting international understanding through popular cultural exchange programs, etc. The…

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…

Women are capable artists

Visual artist Lydia Molai believes women have what it takes to stand the heat in the male-dominated visual arts industry. At a tender age, Molai started expressing herself in music, painting and drawing. Her creative skills were further sharpened when she enrolled at Roosevelt Girls High School where one of her practical subjects was Art.…

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…

Becoming Henri Munyaradzi

Henry Mudzengerere Munyaradzi is considered as the inward looking magus of Zimbabwe sculpture. Born in Guruve, in the north of Zimbabwe in 1931, Munyaradzi’s life and work is as deceptively simple as it is remarkable, hence a paradoxical salience is resultant from his body of work. He eventually worked in various ways with the natural…

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…

Bob Marley statue for Zimbabwe?

HARARE – After months of negotiations with the late global reggae icon’s representatives, Martin Chemhere, a South Africa-based Zimbabwean arts and media consultant says he has finally been given a go ahead to organise the creation and installation of Bob Marley’s statue in Zimbabwe. He says he received the message of confirmation via email on January…

Hifa 2018 preparations on course

The 2018 Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa)  will run from May 1 to 6, at the Harare Gardens under the theme, We Count. Addressing journalists at a press conference held Monday Hifa executive director Maria Wilson said the theme is meant to celebrate their achievements in the country since its inception. “We count’…

National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) nominees announced

THE National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) yesterday announced the list of nominees for the for the 17th National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) edition set to be held on February 17 at Reps Theatre. Below is the full list of nominees. SPOKEN WORD AWARDS Outstanding Poet Tinashe Tafirenyika Shingirai Manyengavana Mercy Dhliwayo Special Mention Takesure…

Zimbabwea Sculptors celebrate Art through the 2017 BROCK Awards

BY SIMBARASHE RUSSEL SIYAKURIMA Great exuberance and zeal was kindled amongst Zimbabwean sculptors nation-wide by the ‘2017 BROCK AWARD’ hosted by Artistic Africa in conjunction with and at the Chitungwiza Arts Centre from the 8th to the 15th of December 2017. For the very first time, such an auspicious occasion was hosted in Zimbabwe, rallying behind the theme,…

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…

19th century pictures of British colonisation of Zimbabwe.

Fascinating photos have been released showing military life in Rhodesia now Zimbabwe, at the end of the 19th century. The pictures taken by photographer W. Rausch,were taken between 1896 and 1900 when Cecil Rhodes was establishing British control in Zimbabwe during the ‘Scramble for Africa when European nations were vying for control of the continent and…

A Groundbreaking Congress in Zimbabwe

The International Congress for African Culture (ICAC) brought scores of international art practitioners and scholars to Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1962 to discuss the global influence of art from Africa. Despite taking place in a still colonized territory, the event went on to change the course of the arts on the African continent. However,…

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