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Filabusi hosts 2016 national culture week launch
20/05/2016 00:00:00
by Showbiz Reporter

VICE President Phelekezela Mphoko will be the guest of honour at this year`s National Culture Week launch to be held in Filabusi in Matabeleland South.

The week long festivities provide an opportunity for the people in Zimbabwe to appreciate the diversity of the arts and cultures of the world.

The official national launch that heralds the commencement of the Culture Week will be held at Godlwayo Culture Centre on May 21. 

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) said preparations for the commemorations were at an advanced stage.  

"The week-long programme will be punctuated with diverse activities that depict our varied unhu/ubuntu as well as cultivate in all a sense of belonging hence instilling pride of being Zimbabwean,” said NACZ Communications and Marketing Officer, Cathrine Mthombeni. 

Activities lined up for the National launch include traditional artefacts, food and herbal exhibitions from 22 exhibitors. 

Some of the exhibitors are Amagugu International Heritage Center which was established in 2010 by Pathisa Nyathi with the aim of preserving and promoting indigenous cultural heritage. 

Zimbabwe Republic Police Kuyedza Women Club will also showcase their products that they make and sell. So will be the Ministry of Gender and Women’s Affairs.

Entertainment will be provided by Albert Nyathi, Black Umfolosi, Jays Marabini, and Lerato Nqindi, among other musicians.

The Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity by UNESCO in 2001 proclaimed May 21 of each year the World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

Cognisant of the phenomenal growth in popularity this World Day has enjoyed hitherto, NACZ decided to make this occasion a weeklong event hence the existence of the Culture Week every year.

 NACZ inaugurated Culture Week in 2002 after it observed that one day was too short a period to leave an impact in lives and minds of people. In addition, artists found one day not adequate to allow them to celebrate and display their works to the public.


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