Artists, cultural experts meet

HARARE - Artists and cultural experts are meeting for a round table seminar for the creative arts sector to be held in Harare from December 15 to 16 at Cresta Oasis Hotel in Harare where they will interact and share ideas.

The gathering follows the successful hosting of the Civil Society Cultural Policy Review meeting in July coordinated by Arterial Network Zimbabwe in partnership with Nhimbe Trust with the support of Africalia.

Arterial Network Zimbabwe official Mandlenkosi Ncube said his organisation is engaged in building sustainable networks and structures, information dissemination, facilitation of debate, research and African-centred theory, formulation and lobbying of cultural policy, a variety of training and leadership programmes, all geared towards growing and strengthening the cultural and creative sectors.

“In this regard we are facilitating a roundtable seminar which will focus its dialogue and engagement on five crucial areas that are fundamental to the development and sustainability of the sector.

“The key areas to be discussed are Institutional Sustainability, Cultural Policies, Local Governments, performing space/venues and media relations.  This platform`s aim is to deliberate on various opportunities and limitations within the Creative industry in Zimbabwe,” said Ncube.

Meanwhile, the Civil Society Cultural Policy Review meeting in July called on government to ensure that all theatres and halls paid for or built with subsidy from central government, local authorities and taxpayers should not remain privatized but become common platforms for creative activities, accessed and available to a wider spectrum of producers and presenters of cultural goods;

It was noted that there should be a provision of continuing arts education and training beyond formal education pathways as stakeholders fail to recognise the enormous contribution to non-formal arts education and training by non-governmental organisations.

Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture has been called to ensure the recognition of the contribution of non- governmental organizations and arts associations in the provision of informal arts education and training.

They also should facilitate ways of enabling cultural organizations and institutions providing informal arts education and training to secure support from the Zimbabwe Development Fund for their contribution to the development of human resources for the cultural and creative industry.

And ensure that skilled arts and culture trainers are accessed by the formal education system as arts educators and trainers.                

Civil society said government will enhance the contribution of the private sector to the funding of arts and culture though such measures as tax rebates and establish an Arts Industry Development Fund or a Creative Industry Development Fund or a Cultural Trust Fund with resources from the National Treasury; the Zimbabwe National Lottery; the Lotteries and Gaming Fund; levies  by the National Arts Council on arts and culture programmes and donations from individuals, companies, multilateral and bilateral partners, local and international non-government organizations.

“Ensure that the main function of the National Arts Council shall be the funding of arts development and a specific percentage of funds allocated to National Arts Council is spent on administration purposes with the majority of the funds being spent of arts development;

“Facilitate resource mobilization by the arts and culture sector from international assistance offered by UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD), International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC), The World Heritage Fund, The Africa Heritage Fund, Fund for Safeguarding Intangible Heritage and Biannual Country Participation Programme.”

In terms of the creative industry development there was a call for policy intervention where the Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture will ensure that activities covered under creative industry are comprehensively identified and defined, ie architecture, advertising, design, heritage, publishing and printed media, broadcasting, audio-visual, performing arts, visual arts, crafts, royalties and licences and music recording.

There was also need to facilitate the development of a policy by local authorities of designating spaces for creative hubs, creative clusters, creative workforce and creative class.

The gathering called on policy interventions that include facilitation of wider access to existing cultural infrastructure by arts practitioners for production, exhibition, promotion and presentation of their cultural goods.

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