‘Blood Relatives’ comes to National Gallery of Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Annual Art Exhibition returns this year, featuring new artworks from emerging, mature and reputable artists within the borders of Zimbabwe and the Diaspora. The theme for this year’s Annual is Blood Relatives. The Zimbabwe Annual Art Exhibition has over the past provided curatorial-based themes in a bid to stimulate the best reinterpretation through…

Zimbabwe-India ICT conference – Major boost for Zim’s ICT sector

India has expressed interest in partnering Zimbabwe in the growth of information communication technologies (ICT). The call was made at the Zimbabwe-India ICT Conference held in the capital under the theme, “Zimbabwe – India Bridging the Digital Divide” where a business delegation from the Indian ICT sector met with local players. The Confederation of Indian…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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.

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…

Dominic Benhura Honours President Kaunda With Sculpture

Renowned sculptor Dominic Benhura recently presented former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda with a stone sculpture in honour of his 93rd birthday. The founding father of the Republic of Zambia turned 93 on April 28 and was given the sculpture of a hand holding a white handkerchief, his trademark symbol for peace. Benhura combined black spring-stone…

Gallery sponsorship critical link to trade

The importance of businesses supporting the arts is not a frivolous pursuit. The arts play an important role and, when they thrive, it benefits not just the practitioners but also the country as a whole. In this economically driven world, the arts require adequate funding in order to thrive.

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