Preparations for Culture Week commemorations that will run from 19-25 May 2018 are at advanced stages in all provinces.
The National Launch will be held in Matabeleland South on Saturday 19 May 2018 at Bolamba Culture Centre in Gungwe, Gwanda South.
The hosting Chief , Chief Mathe working with the Local Organising Committee will ensure the success of the programme which is punctuated with various activities that depict our diverse cultures as well as cultivate in us a sense of belonging thereby instilling national pride.
Culture Week has contributed to the establishment of Culture Centres that are a benefit to the communities.
National Arts Council of Zimbabwe vision in Championing Arts Development is the establishment of Culture Centres that are not only for protecting and safeguarding tangible and intangible heritage but also viable.
The viability of Culture Centres will ensure sustainability to benefit every generation as skills are continuously passed for posterity.
Matabeleland South have so far established Madabe Culture Centre in Mangwe, Nswazi Culture Centre in Mzingwane, Godlwayo Culture Centre in Insiza, Beitbridge Culture Centre, Chief Chibasa Culture Centre and Chief Ndube Culture Centre both in Insiza and Enyandeni Culture Centre in Gwanda North.
The Culture Centres are community driven projects born out of Culture Week.
Some of the activities at the official launch will include, Chiefs Procession, Art and Craft Fair, traditional dances, contemporary performances, praise poetry, music, food exhibitions and herbal medicine exhibitions.
Performers are Clement Magwaza who is popular for his song Kokotsha, Gospel musician Tholakele Ndlovu, Poet Lerato Nqindi Ndlovu, Inqama Yophondo dance group, Howmine Chioda dance group, Howmine Ben Arinoti and Secret Heart High School drama group.
A group from Japan, Iyco & Kaka Furaha, that is on a Cultural Exchange Programme will also perform and admission is free to the National Launch.
Exhibitors will include Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Gwanda Cultural Artefacts Association, Savuka Arts Association, Hand in Hand Zimbabwe and Maphani Culture Centre.
All provinces are preparing for provincial launches as well as lining activities that will be showcased during Culture Week.Culture Week is a time to share, learn and appreciate diverse values and norms of communities.