Nhimbe Trust's research complete

HARARE - Nhimbe Trust is proud to announce that the research project on cultural governance in Zimbabwe, conducted under the NPAAC programme was successfully completed in May 2012.

The research reports have been edited and compiled into one compendium which is in the final stage of designing before it can be printed and distributed.

The project focused on the seven areas of policy and legislation which currently impact on the arts and culture sector.

The areas are: Arts Council Festival Guidelines and their application; Arts Council Act and its application; National Gallery Act and its application; Censorship Act and its application; 75 percent local content on radio and television policy and its application; Cultural governance structure and the case for a ministry of Arts and Culture; Lack of government and civil society interface in implementation and review of progress report in the implementation of seven  Unesco Conventions in the field of culture.

Joshua Nyapimbi, Nhimbe director and renowned filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga prepared and made a submission to the compendium of civic society positions on different sections of the draft constitution on behalf of the creative civil society.

The submission was made to Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) as co-convener of the Civic Society Coordinating Mechanism on Constitutional Reform (CSCMOCR) for deliberation at the second Civil Society leaders Indaba on Constitutional Reform which will take place this month.

Lawyers take on Censorship Board Human rights lawyers are now fighting to overturn the ban of No Voice No Choice by the board of Censors of Zimbabwe who last week “prohibited and banned” the play, alleging that its contents were “inciteful and against the spirit of national healing and reconciliation”.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), representing the celebrated playwright Tafadzwa Muzondo filed an urgent chamber application in the High Court challenging the Board of Censors of Zimbabwe’s decision.

The lawyers Tawanda Zhuwarara and Bellinda Chinowawa of ZLHR want the high court to issue an order interdicting the Board of Censors of Zimbabwe and its functionaries from preventing the staging of the performance at any venue in Zimbabwe and permit Muzondo and his Edzai Isu Theatre Arts Project to perform the play at the Intwasa Arts Festival.

No Voice, No choice was expected to run at several Zimbabwean theatre halls and community centers as part of artists’ bid to spread the message of peace using theatre including at the Intwasa Arts Festival whic was held in Bulawayo.

Before its ban, the play had been to countries such as South Africa and Zambia, while locally it was staged in Harare, Manicaland and Masvingo provinces.

“We are seating on 150 A2 full colour posters for Intwasa which were delivered to us yesterday but we cannot send them to Bulawayo where they are needed to advertise the show because there is an entry fee to the Bulawayo theatre”, commented Muzondo.

World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression in Oslo, Norway

The World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression will take place from 25 to 26 October 2012.

The focus of the conference is contemporary censorship of the arts and limitations of artistic freedom of expression.

The conference sessions will include artistic performances, dialogues and discussions with censored artists, observers and cultural operators.

The conference is organised and hosted by Fritt Ord Foundation (The Freedom of Expression Foundation, Oslo) and Freemuse (The World Forum on Music & Censorship).

The official founding meeting of the ARTSFEX network, launched in Copenhagen last December, will take place on October 27.

Call for African Music Films

Sauti za Busara Festival is looking for a variety of feature length films, stimulating and entertaining shorts from around Africa.

These can be music clips, recorded concerts, music documentaries or more experimental films. They are specifically looking for:

- Films telling a story about music or musicians from the African continent and diaspora.
- Films representing the wealth and diversity of music from East Africa and beyond.
- Music films of interest to local, regional and international audiences.
- Films with great visuals, quality sound and music that is firmly rooted in Africa.
- Films including new and unheard of sounds, as well as established artists.
- Foreign language films should ideally be subtitled in Kiswahili and/or English.
Deadline for applications: November 16, 2012

Unesco-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme 2013

The Unesco-Aschberg Bursaries for artists programme has announced the 2013 call for applications.

The programme promotes the mobility of young artists through art residencies abroad.

This call is open to creative writers, musicians and visual artists between 25 and 35 years old.

Research Tools

One of the challenges of a culturally-sensitive development agenda is the ability to measure its impact.

The attempt to quantify the specific contribution of a “culturally-appropriate” development policy, as opposed to one that does not take culture into consideration, is unavoidably complex.

In response, Unesco has been spearheading two important initiatives that provide an evidence-based picture of culture’s role in development.

This includes the development of a Framework for Cultural Statistics and an operational project, the “Unesco Culture for Development Indicator Suite.

The Unesco Culture for Development Indicator Suite quantitatively demonstrates culture’s role in sustainable development at the national level, generating the first quantitative evidence of culture’s weight in national economies.

Nhimbe Trust is a non-profit arts education organisation, a leader in cultural policy research, training and advocacy, and in monitoring and campaigning on practices and constraints on freedom of creative expression in Zimbabwe.

Our mission is to promote arts education for children that leads to an interest in the arts for life.
We strive to achieve this through skills development and the creation of platforms for children to exhibit their creativity and talents in the performing arts, and through advocacy for effective policies that encourage freedom of creative expression.

The NPAAC (Zimbabwe Creative Civil Society’s Plan of Action for Arts and Culture) is a three-year (2012-2015) programme initiated by the creative civil society with the view to complement government efforts to implement the National Cultural Policy and UNESCO Conventions that Zimbabwe ratified, thanks to funding support from Africalia, MIMETA, British Council, Hivos and Pro Helvetia Johannesburg.

Intwasa Festival

Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that brings together various art forms i.e. dance, theatre, music, film, literary arts, visual arts, spoken word and fashion within one platform.

The festival took place from September 18 to 22 with the aim to celebrate artistic talent present locally, regionally and globally and ensure that there is cross fertilisation of ideas, collaborations, and exchanges between various arts disciplines.

This was the eighth edition of the festival and was organised under the theme, “Bulawayo Blooming”.

ν Briefs courtesy of the first edition of the NPAAC (Zimbabwe Creative Civil Society’s Plan of Action for Arts and Culture) monthly Newsletter, published by the Nhimbe Trust — NPAAC Secretariat — with support from Pro Helvetia Cape Town.

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