Amakhosi to be honoured

HARARE - Amakhosi Cultural Centre will be honoured tomorrow by the Dutch embassy in Harare for winning the 2015 Prince Claus Theatre and Cultural Organisation Award.

The Prince Claus Awards honour outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development and are presented annually to individuals, groups and organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean deemed to have had a positive impact on the development of their societies.

Amakhosi Cultural Centre director Cont Mhlanga received the award and 25 000 Euros at the Royal Palace Amsterdam in the Netherlands on December 2.

In the award citation, The Prince Claus Awards jury praised Bulawayo-based Amakhosi for “its engaging, humorous and perspective portrayals of the struggles of ordinary people.

“For mentoring and supporting critical voices and empowering people to shape their own future, for extra ordinary resilience in the value of art in society, putting the needs of the community at the heart of their activities and for creating courage, reflection and laughter in a difficult context.”

In 2015 ,The Prince Claus Awards received an initial list of nominations which were eventually reduced to a shortlist of 38 candidates. Amakhosi was among the final list of 11 winners.

Previous Zimbabwean winners of the prestigious awards include; the Zimbabwe International Book Fair (1997), architect Mike Pearce (2003), comedian Edgar Langeveldt (2005) and the Book Café (2011).

Located in Bulawayo, Amakhosi Cultural Centre has been a key player in Zimbabwe’s arts sector particularly in theatre, dance, music, video/film and arts management for the past 30 years.

Amakhosi’s milestones include Inxusa Festival, Women in Arts programme, Theatre for Community arts Development, cultural tours which promote local narratives of the nation’s culture and many others.

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