Book Café wins award

Pamberi Trust scooped the coveted Prince Claus award for 2011, for promoting cultural and social development through free speech and artistic expression. The Book Café was awarded the prize for its role in culture and development, built and focused on a platform of freedom of expression across music, poetry and theatre with public discussion, film and multi-disciplinary arts.

The trust has been a vibrant platform for free cultural expression in a country suffering decades of political and economical upheavals, repression, censorship and a lack of cultural infrastructure. The Book Café has always been a platform for civil society organisations to discuss and debates and report launches.

For example, the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition launched its hard hitting report “Cries from Goromonzi”, which is an expose of perpetrators of violence in Zimbabwe. The award which Pamberi Trust received is well deserved as it is a reflection of hard work, perseverance and sacrifice under difficult circumstances.

The prince Claus Awards are presented annually to individuals, groups and organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean for outstanding achievement in culture and positive effect of their work on the wider cultural or social field.

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