Artists to attend SA showcase through Culture Fund grant


Zimbabwe Applied Arts and Crafts Association (Zaaca) has received funds from the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust to enable eight artists to go to South Africa to display their work at the Global Village Arena at Birchwood Conference Centre, Germiston Johannesburg during the Soccer World Cup.
Culture Fund has given Zaaca $6 380 to take the artists to Johannesburg, following a NewsDay article published last week highlighting the artists’ sponsorship dilemma and their likelihood of missing the opportunity to display and sell their work at the prestigious event.
Harare-based artists Enock Kolimbo, David Neshita, Margaret Majo, Ellen Makandiwa and Matida Mutasa together with Matabbeki Mudenda, Sindiso Malangwa and Owen Maseko from Binga, Plumtree and Gwanda respectively leave for South Africa tomorrow.
Zaaca chairman, Enock Kolimbo, said that he had lost all hope and was arranging to go to Victoria Falls when the good news arrived.
“We were already focusing on another display we have at Victoria Falls when we got the call from Culture Fund to say that they had decided to give us the money for the South Africa Exhibition.
Initially Zaaca had indicated that they needed $10 000 for them to travel.
Kolimbo said that the grant of $6 380 would go a long way in covering the transportation costs for the artists and their wares.
Food and accommodation for their 25-day stay in South Africa would also be covered by the funds.
The artists leave for Johannesburg tomorrow and due to return on July 12 soon after the World Cup.