NACZ announces culture month

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THE National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) is dedicating the whole of May to celebrating culture. This is a departure from the previous practice of observing the occasion for a week only.

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe says the traditional Culture Week commemorations have been expanded into a reconstituted National Culture Month running from May 1 to 31, 2022.

The transition to Culture Month is premised on the impact witnessed in the successful years of hosting Culture Week festival, with communities and the Government fully appreciating the role culture plays in development.

After extensive consultations with stakeholders, the NACZ says the Culture Month will run under the theme, “Celebrating Cultural Diversity, leaving no one behind.”

“Following two years of mostly virtual commemorations due to the Covid-19 restrictions, NACZ is happy that the first edition of Culture Month will provide an opportunity for practitioners and consumers of Zimbabwean the Culture and Creative Industries (CCI) products to interact in their different spaces to celebrate cultural diversity,” explained Nicholas Moyo, Executive Director, of the arts regulatory body.

Culture Month aims to bring social cohesion and integration through the arts and culture, showcasing diverse cultural practices through various forms that include dance, food, attire, visual arts, literally arts, film and television, music and poetry and bringing together diverse cultural activities and practices for increased public consumption.

The Culture Month activities will also afford the nation an opportunity to achieve national consensus in diversity, through commemorating yesteryear cultural practices as well as contemporary (popular) culture that inform the Zimbabwean identity. It will also provide a platform to highlight the Zimbabwean cultural identity in a globalized environment for sustainable socio-economic development and posterity.

The inaugural Culture Month commemorations will be spread across the country’s 10 provinces with each province developing its own commemorative events co-ordinated by the NACZ provincial offices.

The NACZ has already started engagement of different communities at ward, village and district level to develop a calendar of events of all culture month activities.

The 2022 National Launch will be held on Saturday May 21, 2022 – the World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development – in Mutoko, Mashonaland East Province.

Culture Month will be celebrated in line with the UNESCO 2001 Declaration of the World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, which is designed to promote, commemorate and celebrate the world’s diverse cultures.

All nations the world-over are expected and encouraged to celebrate the uniqueness of diverse cultures found among their citizens as major components of the World Culture.

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