VICE-PRESIDENT Phelekezela Mphoko will on Saturday officially launch this year’s Culture Week at Nemakonde High School in Chinhoyi.
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The Culture Week will be commemorated from May 16 to 23 under the theme “Celebrating Arts and Cultural Entrepreneurship”.
National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) spokesperson Catherine Mthombeni said preparations for the event were on course in all provinces.
“The week-long programme will be full of diverse activities depicting various local cultural aspects that give Zimbabweans their identity as a people,” Mthombeni said.
“Culture Week involves the sharing, performance and display of Zimbabwe’s diverse culture. This year’s theme is a call for Zimbabweans in general and artists in particular to regard the culture sector as having immense potential to contribute to livelihoods and the national income.”
Sungura maestro Alick Macheso, National Arts Merit Award winner Uncle Ritchie, last year’s Jikinya Dance Festival Champions ZRP Tomlinson Primary School, poets, comedians and several dance groups from Mashonaland West will take turns to entertain revellers at the launch.
“Other activities on the day will include a street march by artistes and cultural activists, fashion show, music and dance performances, herbal exhibitions, art and craft exhibitions from Bembera (Mutare), Zimbabwe College of Music, Dance Trust of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Arts and Crafts Association among others,” Mthombeni said.
“Apart from the National launch, all NACZ provincial offices are holding provincial launches in various centres and districts,”
The national Culture Week launch is an event co-ordinated by NACZ and implemented by the hosting province of Mashonaland West.
The launch marks the beginning of the celebration of the importance of cultural diversity throughout the country through various cultural and artistic expressions.