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President Emmerson Mnangagwa has pledged to assist artistes whose industry has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic due to the lockdown.
Government has set up a ZWL$17 Million Relief Fund to support youth-led businesses and associations and to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on their operations across the country.
A COVID-19 Culture and Creative Industries portal which aims to offer information resources, technical support, and crisis response expertise, to the Cultural and Creative Industries ecosystem, for the strengthening of sector preparedness and response mechanisms, has been launched.
Government is set to disburse funds through a grant relief programme to assist artists who were affected by the lockdown. The grants will be disbursed through the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ), which has since invited intended beneficiaries to register their names with the council.
The current Corona crisis is hitting hard all industries and the creative sector is no exception. In general, the arts sector will in the next few weeks and months face a tragedy of unprecedented level. The government of Zimbabwe on Tuesday declared COVID-19 a state of National Disaster and the President announced a raft of measures crafted as part of the response mechanism for the country. We applaud the measures taken by the government as the nation’s health and well-being comes first.
THE National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has called upon all events to be cancelled around the country for this month and the next in an effort to help Government efforts to protect the nation from the risk of coronavirus.