Zimbabwe has a rich cultural legacy – European Union delegation

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By Staff Reporter

ZIMBABWE’s traditions are rich in cultural diversity, Embassy of Spain Deputy Head of Mission, Diego Calatayud Soriano has said.

Soriano said this at a storytelling competition held as part of Culture Month celebrations at David Livingstone Primary School in Harare.

Ten schools took part.

The month-long festivities are an extension of the World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development celebrated globally under the theme ‘Promoting Cultural Diversity, Unity and Peace’.

Addressing government officials, the EU Embassy and storytellers in attendance, Soriano commended National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NAC) for organising celebrations which enabled pupils to exhibit Zimbabwe.

“We are very proud to be here, and it is a real honour. Thank you NACZ for organising the culture month initiative, performances by the young children tell a story of how Zimbabwe is rich in cultural diversity,” said Soriano.

NAC deputy director, Josia Kusena added that storytelling was key in appreciating and remembering Zimbabwe’s culture.

He said involving pupils enabled them to have an understanding of the differences and similarities within the country’s culture.

“Storytelling helps in keeping our heritage and having such competitions among school children helps them to appreciate and understand the cultural diversity in our country,” said Kusena.

He added that the storytelling competitions were aimed at developing emerging talents among children.

The book “Around-the-World Voyage of Magellan and Elcano,” a European adventure from the 16th Century was retold in Shona by Tinashe Muchuri at the storytelling event.

He presented the performance of this story accompanied by the sound of mbira, played by Ariphileng Munashe Kwela.

St Giles School, Moffat Primary School, Belvedere Primary School and Emerald Hill School for the Deaf are some of the schools that took part in the storytelling competition, whilst Zimbabwe’s prominent storytellers, Memory Chirere, Dr Ignatius Mabasa performed at the event.