Zimbabwean Arts Pedigree Tested On World Aids Day

THE pedigree of Zimbabwean arts and cultural groups to communicate messages on HIV and Aids will be tested in the coming weeks as Zimbabwe joins the international community in celebrating World Aids Day.

Eight international cultural centres have partnered local arts and culture groups –– including dance, poetry, music and performance –– to produce a series of artistic events to commemorate the 20th remembrance of World Aids Day this December.
The eight international cultural centres –– Alliance Francaise, Zimbabwe German Society/ Embassy of Germany, Embassies of the United States of America, Canada, Switzerland, the British Council, Dante Alighieri Society, and Institute Cervantes — are aware of the powerful messages arts initiatives can produce to raise awareness on HIV and Aids.  
“Together, the people of Zimbabwe and the international community have proven that with a little support, local arts initiatives can do extraordinary things in the fight against HIV and Aids,” says Mark Weinberg, Assistant Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy in Harare.
Weinberg told Independent Xtra that the main highlight of the two week long commemoration is a two exhibition entitled A Round Solution that will be held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe between November 28 and December 12. The exhibition presents posters, banners, paintings, videos and other items used in HIV/Aids campaigns worldwide. Artistic T-Shirts made by Zimbabwean children will be sold during the official launch.
The gallery will also be the venue for the play entitled Magic Bullets between 9 am and 1 am on November 29. On the same day, a documentary entitled Pain in my Heart by Hopewell Chin‘ono, CNN Multi-choice African Journalist 2008, will be screened.
On Wednesday December 3, US Ambassador James McGee will honour five outstanding Zimbabwean HIV and Aids activists at the same venue. The annual Auxillia Chimusoro awards recognise individuals and groups that have excelled in containing of HIV and Aids. The awards are funded by the United States Agency for International Development, which is one of the largest contributors to HIV and Aids funding in Zimbabwe with nearly US$30 million.
Poetry lovers will assemble at the US Embassy’s Public Affairs Auditorium in Eastgate to sample of the presentations on the HIV and Aids from the Poets for Human Rights on December 2 at 3 pm.
A series of events targeted at the youth will also be available at Young Africa Centre in Chitungwiza where films from Zimbabwe, Tanzania and other countries will be shown. These include Kefas (Zimbabwe), Into the light (Tanzania) and Steps into the Future (various) on November 28 between 11 am and 4 pm. These films will also be available St Peter’s School in Mbare on November 29 between 9 am and 4.30 pm where there will also be live entertainment and a dance competition for the young. –– Own Correspondent.

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