Artists upbeat over NACZ indaba

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has lined up an arts indaba to look at the challenges facing the industry and map the way forward.

The event, to be held on January 31 in Gweru, will see artists from across the disciplines meeting with NACZ top officials and policy-makers in the creative sector.

The move has been commended by artists in the province, who say the event has the potential to turn around the fortunes of struggling musicians, visual artists and stakeholders who have been keen to meet NACZ.

Renowned artist Frank Chimedza, who rose to stardom following his successful 2010 exhibition in the city, said it was imperative for NACZ to engage with stakeholders and hear about the difficulties they faced in putting the nation on the world arts map.

“We look forward to benefiting from the indaba. It will be good for artists to have a memorandum of understating with NACZ, which is government’s arts arm. Such a meeting should define and set the pace for a progressive chapter in the life of any artist in the province and beyond,” said Chimedza.

Several artists have complained of being sidelined in showcasing their talents at national events. Up-and-coming artists have also complained that the national broadcaster, ZBC, fails to air their works and give them equal airtime.

Many artists working in the peripheries want opportunities to become brand ambassadors on a par with their mainstream colleagues in the industry.

Elvas Mari, the NACZ director, is on record as saying every artist should be accorded opportunities for growth in the sector.

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