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Arts indaba to tackle policy, economic issues

HARARE is playing host to a national arts and culture indaba which began yesterday and ends today.

The indaba was set to be held at the Mandel Training Centre in Malborough. Over this two-day period, 30 speakers from various sectors are expected to dialogue with nearly 100 delegates on issues of arts policy, cultural expression, constitutional reform, global contexts and funding institutions.
The indaba is being hosted by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust, the British Council and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).
This is a timeous event as key players and stakeholders in the arts map out a direction for the future and actively engage with one another on issues of importance not only to the their sector, but to the nation as a whole. Delegates to the event will be coming from all provinces of Zimbabwe, with some invited speakers coming from abroad.
An impressive who’s who in the arts and culture sector is expected to contribute to the indaba, including Albert Nyathi, Angeline Kamba, Pathisa Nyathi, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Chirikure Chirikure, Dudu Manhenga and Nkululeko Dube amongst others.
It will draw arts opinion leaders by sector, individuals, experts, cultural organisations, private sector partners and other cultural agencies together in a discussion about varied issues in the creative industries in Zimbabwe.
The indaba will also provide a platform for dialoguing, networking and learning for artists. It will contribute to advocacy efforts and increase the visibility of creative industries in Zimbabwe, as well as increasing the scope and breadth of knowledge on the subject for those concerned with creative industries.

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