EU, National Arts Council announce US$63,000 Culture Month partnership  

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By Staff Reporter

THE National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NAC) has partnered with the European Union (EU) and received a US$63,255 shot in the arm as part of this year’s Culture Month celebrations.

Culture Month commemorations are an extension of World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, celebrated globally every May 21.

Addressing delegates from the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation, Ambassadors and cultural officers from EU member states at the presentation and launch in Harare, NAC Board Chairperson Nozipho Maraire said EU’s hand was coming at a time relations between Zimbabwe and the latter were getting better.

“Today we are honouring, acknowledging and celebrating this joint venture. There has been a lack of trust between Zimbabwe, Europe and the West in general, and we are bringing in something that was previously isolated.

“The funding and partnership we got from the EU will enable us to spread our tentacles to all the parts of Zimbabwe and our government has been very adamant about no one and no place being left behind so it allows us as a parastatal to fulfil our mandate not only to the government but to the people,’’ Maraire said.

The celebrations are running under the theme ‘Promoting Cultural Diversity, Unity and Peace.’

A Culinary Food Exchange Programme set for May 15, an art exhibition to be held in Chitungwiza on the 22nd and 23rd plus the formal launch of this month’s celebrations in Binga are some of the activities lined up.

EU’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe Jobst von Kirchman said the partnership came at a very significant time for Europe and he was also happy the EU and Zimbabwe could work together.

“The partnership comes at a time that is important to us, the month of May in which we have Europe Day which has a great meaning for us. It’s about peace, unity and diversity so it is a bit of an obvious choice that in this month of May we would like to do something cultural and we would like to seam it to peace, unity and diversity.

“I am happy that we can work together and have a multiple number of events all around the 10 provinces of Zimbabwe with culture, but not only Zimbabwean culture but also European culture,” said von Kirchman.