Multi-purpose arts hub opens in Chitungwiza


LOCAL public voluntary organisation Glorious Melodies on Monday launched a multi-purpose arts hub in Zengeza, Chitungwiza.

The manager Bony Kanyenze yesterday told NewsDay Life & Style that developments within the organisation led to the need to establish the hub, the Glorious Melodies Centre.

“The need to have a functional and stable place to have serious operations led to the establishment of Glorious Melodies Centre that was supported by Chitungwiza Municipality, who came to the rescue with a place to operate from,” he said.

Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation minister Kirsty Coventry, who was the guest of honour at the event, said the opening of the centre was a positive breakthrough towards nurturing creative talents and promoting the growth of the arts industry.

“Chitungwiza has a very special part in my heart and still carries good memories of the inspiration and motivation l got from the best ever held sports event in Zimbabwe, the All-Africa Games in 1995,” she said.

“It has been a tough two years, but it’s interesting to see that your dream is too strong. The last two years have amplified drug abuse and a place like this is relevant and ideal for nurturing talent, inclusivity and openness in learning.”

Coventry acknowledged the support of Chitungwiza Municipality, the corporate world and the education sector towards the establishment of the centre.

“The co-operation is vital and replicable in unity building and nurturing different arts sectors while showing a strong unique value system which will make the Glorious Melodies Centre grow,” she said.

Also speaking at the event, Chitungwiza mayor Lovemore Maiko said Chitungwiza is the home of the arts industry that has nurtured sporting legends, adding that a lot needed to be done to promote the arts to create local Hollywood.

“Chitungwiza is in full support of this initiative of the establishment of the Glorious Melodies Centre. It would provide some solutions to abandoning substance abuse,” Maiko said.

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