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Contributions by ZITA to the national cultural policy
Theatre Association (ZiTA)
November 26, 2011
of Education Sport, Arts and Culture have since last year undertaken
a national cultural policy review process. This process has included
the holding of five consultative meetings with artists, educationist
and cultural practitioners from all the ten provinces. Recently,
at the National Arts and Dialogue held at the Murewa Culture Centre,
the Principal Director for Sport, Arts and Culture in the Ministry,
Reverend Paul Damasane indicated that two cultural researchers had
been appointed to produce a draft cultural policy document from
the many submissions made at these consultative meetings and other
arts indabas organized by the National Arts Council. The Principal
Director also invited individuals, groups, associations, institutions
and communities to submit what they believe should be considered
in the cultural policy review exercise.
The Zimbabwe Theatre
Association has responded to the Principal Director's call
to submit it views on what could be taken on board in the cultural
policy review by submitting to him and the consultants its document
"Towards a national performing arts policy" which the
association has produced based on concerns and aspirations expressed
by its members at its cluster workshops (4) held nationally in 2010.
Although ZITA is dominantly concerned with theatre and the theatre
sector, ZITA has also considered issues concerning the performing
arts field in general and with performing arts education in particular.
By making the arts and
culture sector aware of the action it has taken with regards to
contributions towards the formulation of a comprehensive national
cultural policy, ZITA hopes that other national arts and culture
organizations and institutions may consider this action worth emulating
as a way of ensuring that the national cultural policy review and
the formulation process is inclusive of the participation of the
stakeholders in the arts and culture sector especially those who
were not party to the five cultural policy review consultative meetings
held in 2010 and the recently held National Arts and Culture Dialogue
that dealt comprehensive with the issue of a national cultural policy.
individual artists and cultural practitioners, groups and institutions
who would like to see what ZITA has submitted to the Ministry and
the two cultural researchers appointed to produce the draft cultural
policy, can request for the document "Towards a national performing
arts policy" from the ZITA Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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