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NPAAC newsletter - June 2013
Nhimbe Trust
July 08, 2013

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Zimbabwe Arts Festivals Network Launched

From 26-28 June, Nhimbe hosted a Workshop for 30 festival managers in Harare. The workshop was officially opened by the Director of the National Arts Council Elvas Mari. In his address, Mari chronicled previous efforts to set up a national festivals network; and applauded Nhimbe for hosting a workshop that saw the birth of the Zimbabwe Festivals Network (ZFN). In his address, Mari also explored governance of Festivals in respect of regulations, standards, procedures and structures. Other topics covered in the workshop included management, marketing, resource mobilisation and sustainability, cultural statistics, international artists mobility requirements in Zimbabwe, censorship and monitoring and evaluation of arts festivals. Zimbabwe’s premier festival HIFA gave an insightful, inspirational and challenging case study covering the whole spectrum on the business of arts festivals.

The sessions on censorship and artists’ mobility provided the critical impetus in advocating for an enabling policy and regulatory environment for the entire creative sector in Zimbabwe. The workshop concluded with the adoption of a Constitutional framework, a set of priority actions points for the next twelve months and the appointment of a steering committee.

The Festival Managers Workshop is the first of the three activities supported by the International Fund for Cultural diversity. The other two activities are a workshop for local authorities and another for arts and cultural associations.

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