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Culture Week 2021 dates revealed

Staff Reporter

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has announced the dates for this year’s Culture Week commemorations which will be held from the 15th to the 22nd of May 2021.

This year’s commemorations will be held under the theme “Resilience in safeguarding creativity and cultural diversity”.

NACZ communication and marketing manager, Rodney Ruwende said, the theme is established on the recognition that while the CCS has been severely affected by the global Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) it has remained resilient and therefore Culture Week provides an opportunity to celebrate and promote creativity and cultural diversity.

“The National Launch of Culture Week will be on the 15th of May and thereafter events will be organised and executed at a provincial level through the NACZ structures.

“NACZ has thus begun rallying its different stakeholders and structures to plan for this important annual event which for the second year running will be held virtually because of COVID-19,” Ruwende said.

The week-long cultural fiesta will feature various online showcases including dance, music, film, theatre, Visual arts, literature, poetry and comedy on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok, YouTube, television and radio.

Culture Week is this year being celebrated to bring social interconnection and integration through the Arts and Culture in the face of COVID-19 and its associated lockdown measures which lead to the isolation of families and cultural practices.

The concept of Culture week is drawn from the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity by UNESCO in 2001 which proclaimed the 21st of May as the “World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Diversity”.

Zimbabwe expanded on this day to Culture Week which seeks to celebrate the world’s diverse cultures. The week provides an opportunity for Zimbabweans to exhibit their cultural heritage forms that need to be upheld for posterity.

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