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Arts centre to explore Iranian market

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Art continues to strengthen ties between nations and cultures through its unique appeal across numerous divides.

Sculpture is one genre that has tied Zimbabwe to many countries across the world for spiritual, creative, historical and religious values, among other attributes.

It is against this background that Chitungwiza Arts Centre initiated relations with Iranian art lovers through donating a sculpture titled Welcome to the Embassy of Iran on Tuesday.

Speaking at the handover of the sculpture, David Huni, marketing executive of the arts centre, said they intended to explore the market for their various sculptures in Iran.

We are aiming to engage Iran on various cultural exchange programmes. This will enable us to learn from the Iranian culture as well as create a market in that country, said Huni.

Speaking at the same occasion the Ambassador of Iran Mohammad Pournajaf welcomed the gesture and pledged support for the arts centre.

He encouraged artists to engage each other as a sign of love and respect rather than hostility.

You will see even in movies all those movie makers who thrive on negativity will always suffer some problems later in their lives, said Ambassador Pournajaf.

Art is the mediator of the inexpressible. What we cannot say verbally arts helps us express. It also helps us keep our identity.

He said Iran is one of the countries with a vibrant arts and culture sector with over 200 universities that all have a faculty of arts as academic studies.

Art thrives on diversity, beauty and creativity. That is why in Iran you see art in roundabouts.

Since the beginning of my tenure this is the third piece of art that I have received and I am grateful for the gesture.

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