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Zimbabwe Culture week begins on high note

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THIS year’s Culture Week started on a high note with an exciting national launch at Murewa Culture Centre on Saturday.

Report by Entertainment Reporter

Scores of art lovers thronged the venue to witness various performances and exhibitions from artists based in Mashonaland East province and beyond. Notable performers were Mbuya Stella Chiweshe and Albert Nyathi, who led a contigent of upcoming and established artists to entertain the audience.

President of the Senate Edna Madzongwe, who was guest of honour at the event, said people should acknowledge the role of arts and culture in economic development.

“Arts and cultural activities are central to the development of a nation and their expression contributes to the well-being of its people,” said Madzongwe.

Artists who spoke to NewsDay during the launch hailed the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe for giving them a platform to showcase their talents.

Female sculptor Memory Gutsa-Mudimbu said the week-long celebrations were important for the growth of the local arts industry.

“Arts deserve recognition and we are happy to have this event that celebrates our creativity. We are grateful to have this national launch in our province because it gives us exposure,” said Gutsa-Mudimbu.

Benhilda Kajanga, who was exhibiting traditional food, said the event had given them a great opportunity to market their products.

The national culture week launch preceded provincial launches to be held across the country throughout the week.

All provinces will hold various activities to commemorate the culture week that ends on Friday. This week’s celebrations ran under the theme “Celebrating our traditions, Pride and Identity” .

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