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National Culture Week celebrations launch set for Gokwe

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Elias Maginya

GWERU: Midlands Province has once again been honored to host the culture week celebrations with Gokwe set to host the launch this weekend.

The development comes at a time celebrations had been suspended in 2020 follows the COVID-19 outbreak.

Confirming the development, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) Midlands Province manager, Kumbirai Kupfavira said it’s an honor to be hosting such a high level event for the second time in a roll.

“As Midlands Province we will be hosting culture week celebrations launch that are set for Gokwe on 15 May 2020. We are honored as a Province to be given yet another opportunity to host the prestigious event,” Kupfavira said.

“Exhibitors will be drawn from across the country to include the rich Tonga tribe in Gokwe North to the well-endowed Valemba of Mberengwa,” she added.

Culture Week is uniquely tailored by the NACZ to celebrate Zimbabwe’s diverse culture.

The celebrations will this year run under the theme, Resilience in safeguarding creative and cultural diversity.

The concept of Culture Week is drawn from UNESCO’s 2001 Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, which in 2001 proclaimed May 21 as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development..

One of the major highlight through the celebrations is the Piton International Film Festival Africa (PIFF-Africa) which will run virtually concurrently with the event from the 13-23 May.

PIFF-AFRICA seeks to promote African filmmakers based in Africa and is also a platform to discuss and showcase the blossom of African heritage.

Last year, Google celebrated Zimbabwe’s national instrument, the mbira, as part of Culture Week, with an interactive Google Doodle video that allows people around the world to play and learn about the instrument.

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