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Zimbabwean Arts Scene Receives Boost from the Spanish Embassy

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Zimbabwean Arts Scene Receives Boost from the Spanish Embassy

This year, the Spanish Embassy in Zimbabwe spearheaded cultural diplomacy between our two nations by supporting several creative and cultural initiatives in Zimbabwe. The funded cultural activities by the embassy display their enthusiasm to advocate for the promotion of international exchange of knowledge and practice and protection of artistic expressions.

By Lloyd Nyikadzino

In an ideal world, I believe people should be eager to understand and appreciate one another better for world peace. The world has been and continues to be divided by man-made restrictions, languages, conflicts, colonization, color of skin, migration, and conflicting beliefs. In other contexts, the immense power of art and culture is being used to narrow the gaps between our various cultures and opinions, thus creating stronger ties between people and countries through sharing and celebrating cultural diversity. As we negotiate our way as a people through these limitations, the diverse forms of creativity and cultural expressions are necessary to give hope and to peacefully address the boundaries separating us.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi -Crown Prince of Fujairah once said, “Culture and the arts are a necessity for life at all times. They feed our minds and nurture our hearts, and without them, communities turn into inanimate objects without a soul”

To preserve cultural heritage and the promotion of access to culture, the Spanish embassy in Zimbabwe has engaged the power of the performing arts in promoting mutual understanding between Zimbabwe and Spain.

One notable activity they supported is the Jacaranda Music Festival where they brought Ignacio Priego, (aka DJ Nacheit) for a performance. In theatre, they supported the Mitambo International Theatre Festival 5th edition by bringing the play Feather Conversations by El Jablero Theatre from the Canary Islands. This cultural diplomacy move was also embraced by the Swiss Embassy in Zimbabwe who brought to the Mitambo International Theatre Festival, a circus show titled Butterfly. 

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The Spanish embassy also went on further to present a dance performance of Linda Vargas Flamenco and Flamenco Workshop at REPS Theatre. Furthermore, they collaborated with EU in the UE Culture Month and UUFF where they supported Tinashe Muchuri & Ariphilend Kwela (mbira) to do a storytelling session of a 500-year-old story at Livingstone Primary School and later presented “Almendrita”, at the Mitambo International Theatre Festival outreach program. They also participated in the screening of the co-production My Grandfather Demons (Spain, France, and Portugal) at the EUFF at Mbare Arts Centre. 

The investment by the Spanish Embassy and Swiss Embassy in Zimbabwe, and many other embassies and international organizations is important to the further development of the creative and cultural industries in Zimbabwe.

Since Zimbabwe has ratified important conventions that underscore the important role of culture in national development, this contribution by international partners should complement the government and other creative stakeholders’ efforts in finding and applying resources to create and sustain the production of cultural goods and services. This also helps in capacitating existing creative activities and their provision to continue creating a platform for the international exchange of knowledge and cultures. I hope we will have more of these collaborations and exchanges next year and that they continue to be sustainable. 

Made by Kuda (MADE IN ZWE)
A gift to Plot Mhako and the earGROUND vision.
Truly, for the culture.

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