The National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) will from Saturday join hands with the rest of the country to commemorate the Tree Planting Day by engaging youths through various activities focused on climate change and youth development and the traditional tree planting rounds in an activity dubbed “Days of the Month”.
With the aim of affirming the place of the arts in the development of the country in collaboration with the British Council and its climate change ambassadors, Albert Nyathi and Alexio Kawara and the National Gallery will reach out to the Harare community through activities that go beyond the organisation’s tradition of exhibitions and displays of public art.
“Days of the Month is a regular feature on the National Gallery of Zimbabwe calendar in Harare’s regular programming and has during the course of the year supported several initiatives by mainly young artists from all disciplines of the arts with the aim of promoting local talent and creating awareness about social and environmental issues,” said communications officer, Rutendo Mutadzapasi.
She said the official opening of the commemorations would begin this morning with presentations by the British council and various other stakeholders in environment management.
Mutadzapasi said the programme was specially designed for younger folk and would proceed with workshops facilitated by the British Council’s Climate Change ambassadors and a number of film screenings to enlighten and entertain the audience.
“The day will feature the screening of a locally-produced horror movie, Twisted, which was recently premiered and only opens to the public on December 5,” she said.
She said the latter part of Saturday would feature workshops on poetry and song writing facilitated by Nyathi and Kawara respectively, with the participants having the opportunity to present the results of their efforts in the closing session of the day.
She said a poetry and music concert featuring the British Council’s climate change ambassadors and the workshop participants would take place.
Mutadzapasi said in line with its drive to promote youth development, the NGZ would on the last day of “The Days of the Month” host a conference for youths on leadership and entrepreneurship, with a bias towards social change, with issues relating to climate change topping the agenda.
“A guest appearance by the Bulawayo-based acapella group, Celeste, will liven up the proceedings and bring the weekend to a pleasant,” she said.
Mutadzapasi said with much of a negative effect the activity of humans combined with various other natural factors have been attributed to the change in climatic conditions the world over, with the shifting of seasons being one of the most notable ill effects.
She said the local community was welcome to support their initiative and have some great fun as they enter into the festive season.