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Floodgates were opened for many musicians last year after the Government announced a new policy designed to promote works of up and coming local artists.
According to UNESCO, in the 18 years to 1998, annual world trade-related to 'cultural industries' quadrupled from US$95 to US$388 billion. In light of the importance of cultural industries on economic strength, Zimbabwe must move to excel in its cultural work so as not to lose its cultural heritage and resources to those who simply know better how to use them.
Victor Mavedzenge, a visual artist and poet, yesterday donated US$136 000 to the Just Children's Home in Harare to meet the children's upkeep. Mavedzenge last month held an exhibition entitled 'Quantum Soup for Oliver' at the Book Cafe. He sought to donate the proceeds to charity.
The Academy of Music and Dance, an institution moulded along the same lines as the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) in promoting cross-pollination of cultural ideas, will be opened tomorrow in Harare.
Dance is not only about people moving rhythmically to music, it is a performing art that reflects our way of life, the mood of our times and the dynamism of our culture, says the Minister of Education, Sport and Culture, Cde Aenias Chigwedere.
Artistes Against Aids, an organisation working with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare to disseminate information on HIV/Aids through theatre and dance, will hold its annual show at the Harare Gardens in mid November.