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The government of Eswatini has given the entertainment sector the go ahead to reopen leisure venues and resume activities, albeit within the bounds of COVID-19 health regulations.
The small nation of Swaziland has gained a reputation in recent years as the last standing absolute monarchy in Africa. It has a population of about one million people. This text provides an overview of its cultural policy, specifically the key legislation and institutions governing the music sector.
The paper asks, How can the creative wealth of nations, in which artistic output matters, contribute to promoting shared prosperity and ending extreme poverty by 2030 ? To answer this question, we have to fully acknowledge that the arts can contribute to social progress and economic growth. In places like Africa, where cultural diversity is richer than we will ever know, this acknowledgement is critical.
The Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture has been allocated E2.5 million subvention for the 2012/13 financial year. This is contained in the estimates were released by Minister of Finance Majozi Sithole during the budget speech last Thursday.
Miss Cultural Heritage, Bonsile Dlamini is embarking on a national tour. Dlamini will visit all four regions and Tinkhundla centres on an cultural education tour to promote participation in cultural ceremonies.
The Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture, has now been registered as a Government Parastatal.