$200,000 for Chimanimani Arts Fest

Close to $200,000 was set aside for the three day extravaganza of the 13th Chimanimani Arts Festival that took place over the weekend. $67,000 went to pay local artists, while $25,000 was to cater for artists from neighbouring Mozambique, including the popular Culture Spears from Botswana.

Another $25,000 was to meet accommodation expenses, while the remainder catered for pre-production, outreach, publicity, transport hire, repairs and maintenance, sound, lighting, and back-up electricity.

But the organisers of the show said they faced fund-raising challenges. Established in 1998, the festival is now a regular event on the arts calendar, focussed on developing emerging artists. It takes seriously its role of promoting all forms of art, tourism, employment creation and highlighting social challenges such as HIV and AIDS, gender and youth empowerment.

The organisation strives to unite people from different corners of the district, the nation and the world at large to experience “the unity of purpose that prevails at the annual festival events in the scenic environment of Chimanimani District.

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