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To ensure that Zimbabwe provides the best possible business, regulatory, technical and fiscal infrastructure to enable Zimbabwe’s creative businesses to flourish commercially and to increase overseas investment and trade in Zimbabwe’s creative industries.
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Nhimbe at AU Meeting Of The 2nd Ordinary Session of the Specialised Technical Committee On Youth, Culture And Sports

Nhimbe attended the African Union (AU) meeting of the Second Ordinary Session of the Specialised Technical Committee on Youth, Culture and Sports (STC – YCS2) which was held on the 13-17 June in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The session was held under the theme ‘African Year of Human Rights: promoting ethics and cultural diversity as an essential right for the people of Africa’ and it resulted in the crafting of a report with the following considerations regarding culture:Member states raised the need to develop laws that protect African Culture and safeguard the role that youth can play in the preservation of cultural values and traditionsCognisant of the proven role and ability that culture has to mobilise people, there is need to create synergies with sports in order to maximise potential  The role of cultural policies in establishing an enabling environment for the promotion of arts and culture was underscoredThe meeting commended Burkina Faso for having ratified the charter for the African Cultural RenaissanceThe meeting also underscored the need to include a timeline in the recommendation on the review of the draft Statute of the African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission (AACC) by the AU member statesThe meeting called upon Sudan to work with AUC to finalise the concept of African Cultural Capitals with a view to enable cultural exchanges and enhance greater integration.Further on Culture Issues ENDORSES the following Member States of the Union as champions of the ratification process of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance at regional level: Chad and Congo (Central Africa); Ethiopia (East Africa); Mali, Nigeria, Niger and Senegal (West Africa) and South Africa (Southern Africa); and REQUESTS that the champions lead advocacy and sensitisation campaigns on the charter in their respective regions. Zimbabwe has not yet ratified the Charter;CALLS UPON AU Member states to engage in the process of development of the African Union Model Law on the Protection of Cultural Property/Heritage through the regional consultations of the African Union Model Law to take place in 2016 and 2017 to ensure ownership of the Model Law;ENDORSES the report, the framework for action and the implementation strategy of the 4th Pan-African Cultural Congress (PACC4);FURTHER ENDORSES the proposal to organise the 5th Pan-African Cultural Congress in 2018 under the theme: ‘Advancing the African Union Agenda 2063 through Culture and the African Creative Economy’ as presented by the PACC4 Bureau;EXPRESSES APPRECIATION to the republic of South Africa for hosting the 4th Pan- African Cultural Congress (PACC4) in May 2015 during the Africa month Celebrations and to the Republic of Zimbabwe for hosting the 1st Bureau meeting of the PAAC4;CALLS UPON member states to organise Pan-African National Congresses as a build up to the 5th Pan African Cultural Congress to be held in 2018;RECOMMENDS that ACALAN’s Budget be separated from that of the Department of Social Affairs; URGES member states to render the necessary support to ACLAN’s efforts to develop and promote African Languages.FURTHER RECOMMENDS The establishment of the Centre for Linguistic Studies through Oral Traditions (CELHTO) Technical and Scientific Committee.URGES member states to provide technical and financial support to the Great Museum of Africa being established in Algiers, and RECOMMENDS that the Great Museum of Africa becomes one of the flagship programmes for the AU agenda 2063 in the first ten (10) year plan for the arts and culture sector.RECOMMENDS the establishment of a Technical and Advisory Committee composed of Member States, AUC and stakeholders led by Algeria to develop the road-map for the launching of the Great Museum of Africa.ENDORSES the proposal to declare Africa Music Day to celebrate Africa’s music legends and CALLS UPON the DRC in collaboration with the AUC and Member States to develop the initiative further.CALLS UPON the AUC to support the organisation of the Pan-African Music Festival (FESPAM) and REQUESTS the Republic of Congo to present a working document on the role that the stakeholders can play in organising the festival. URGES member states and the Diaspora to actively participate in the festival.FURTHER CALLS UPON the member states and the AUC to support the Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO).APPRECIATES the efforts by the AUC in working with various arts and culture actors including: The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF); The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA); the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA); CERDOTOLA; Arterial Network and CICIBA; and CALLS FOR the establishment of greater synergies between the AUC and culture actors for the implementation of the AU Agenda 2063 especially its Aspiration 5 on culture and heritage.ENDORSES the study undertaken by the African Union Commission in conjunction with the different stakeholders as mandated by Executive Council Decision (EX/CL/Dec. 69 (III) of July 2003, on the establishment of the African Audio-visual and Cinema Commission (AACC).FURTHER ENDORSES the establishment of the African Audio-Visual and Cinema and to send their contributions to the AUC by 15 August 2016.ENDORSES the convening of the 2nd Specialised Technical Committee on Youth, Culture and Sport (STC-YCS2) Extraordinary Session in September 2016 in accordance with Rule 12 of the Rules of Procedure of the STS-YCS to consider the draft statute of the AACC to ensure its finalisation by 2017 and submit the same to the STC on Justice and Legal Affairs for consideration and further submission to the AU Policy Organs for Adoption.Date and venue for the 3rd Specialised Technical Committee meeting on Youth, Culture and Sport The 3rd ordinary session of the STC–YCS will be held in Addis Ababa in 2018. However, member states wishing to host the meeting are to submit an official request to host by June 2017, in accordance with Rule 6 of the AU on hosting AU meetings.
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Nhimbe Children In Theatre and Television students write and feature in plays

A CiTT student wrote and co-directed a play while three other CiTT students starred in productions that were performed in June.CiTT student Wandile Ndlovu wrote and co-directed The Virus, which starred CiTT students Valentine Ngwenya and Loveness Gava and premiered at the Bulawayo Theatre on the 24 June.While student Bruce Mutero starred in the Theatre for Everyone production titled Kosha and The Drifter, written by Farai Mpofu and directed by Mgcini Nyoni that premiered at Elite 400 in Bulawayo on the 24 June.
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WOMEN IN THEATRE & TELEVISION – WiTT STRENGHTENS LINKS WITH PANSA

This year the Grahamstown Festival spotlights women, with almost 80% of the works having women commanding centre stage or being written, directed or curated by women in honour of the sixtieth year since the historic 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings.WiTT will be represented by Nonhlalo Dube at the PANSA Theatre Directors-In-Waiting Indaba.Among the political and cultural heroines being profiled this year are Albertina Sisulu (in the production OoMaSisulu, directed by Warona Seane, starring Thembi Mtshali-Jones and adapted from the book by Elinor Sisulu from Bulawayo); writer Bessie Head (in As Ever, Bessie, featuring Denise Newman) and Ruth First, who was killed by a parcel bomb while in exile in Mozambique in 1982.
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COLLABORATION WITH PANSA’S THEATRE DIRECTORS-IN-WAITING INDABA

The Performing Arts Network of Southern Africa (PANSA) has invited Nhimbe to participate at a two day Theatre Directors-In-Waiting Indaba to be held at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa from 5 – 9 July. The Indaba seeks to explore new methodologies of identifying theatre directors who are permanently sidelined from the mainstream of creative development, opportunities to create entry level participation for new directors, as well as to engage with the difficult conundrum of not getting an opportunity without experience, or not getting experience without an opportunity. Further, the Indaba will discuss and analyse the rate at which the respective national creative industries from where participants are drawn are producing theatre directors to service the diversity of artistic expression in the Southern African creative sector. The Zimbabwe delegation comprises Nonhlalo Dube (WiTT), Lloyd Nyikadzino (ITI Zimbabwe), Soukaina Edom (Afrikera Trust) and Josh Nyapimbi (Nhimbe). The trip is supported by Africalia in the framework of the Nhimbe-PANSA partnership.
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