Arts council threatens to deregister promoters

HARARE - The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) will not hesitate to deregister non-compliant arts organisations if they do not act in accordance with the council’s requirements.

This was said by Nacz officials at a stakeholders’ meeting with arts associations last week in Harare.

They also held an arts promoters’ meeting in the same week.

“Nacz urges arts associations to submit statutory reports with financial statements and if not fulfilled, can result in Nacz deregistering non-compliant associations,” said Nacz communication and marketing officer, Catherine Mthombeni.

The meeting is part of regular annual meetings that Nacz calls to discuss issues affecting the arts and culture as well as a means for the stakeholders to contribute to arts promotion and development.

“The meetings are also a way of mapping the way forward for the growth of the sector in addition to sharing with the sector any development that value add to their work,” she said.

30 arts promoters and 21 arts associations’ representatives attended the meetings.

In the promoters’ meeting, Nacz’s emphasis was on the need for promoters to close ranks and form a body that will make it easy for issues affecting the promotion business to be presented.

Apart from open discussions, there were two presenters; namely Unesco expert, Stephen Chifunyise and Daniel Masaiti of Danchip Investments t/a Legends Sports Bar based in Marondera who is the current National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) Promoter of the Year winner.

Chifunyise’s presentation focused mainly on the 2003 Unesco Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage as well as 2005 Unesco Convention on the Promotion and Protection of Diversity of Cultural Expression and advising promoters on how to implement the convention as well as how to apply for international funds for varied projects.

Leaders of arts associations were urged to get as much information as they can by reading as well as checking from websites; for example, the Unesco and Nacz websites in addition to visiting Nacz offices.


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