For Immediate Release
Harare, 9 May 2013
The Culture Fund is an organisation that seeks to provide financial and technical support to cultural practitioners, institutions and activities with the ultimate aim of contributing to the development of the culture sector in Zimbabwe. The Culture Fund Board recently met and allocated grant funding to projects for the 1st cycle 2013 covering different arts and culture sector sub - sectors and feeding into the Culture Fund Programme key result areas. Grants worth US$421,006.75 were awarded to more than 50 projects and programmes.
In 2013, the Culture Fund Board is supporting the Zimbabwean arts and culture sector through two broad mechanisms; Board strategic intervention to sector needs and a grants programme open to all sector actors with project proposal assessments done by a Technical Advisory Committee of Experts (TACE). Resolutions for funding for both mechanisms are done by the Culture Fund board.
Grants were allocated to cultural institutions, cultural organisations, associations, groups, schools as well as to individual artists. The music recording programme supporting music recording by upcoming musical groups was also allocated funding. Approved programmes and projects were addressing one or more of the Culture Fund’s 10 key result areas as follows:
1. Arts Education, Training, Development
2. Gender – Women & Youths Empowerment
3. Community Empowerment
4. Talent Search, Development & Showcasing
5. National Pride, Identity & Heritage
6. Human Rights, Artists Rights Promotion
7. Leadership & Management Skills Development
8. National Strategy For The Arts & Culture
9. Production & Access To Markets
10. Information Access & Knowledge Management
The criterion used by the Board in assessment of applications includes implementation partner capacity to coordinate and implement; creativity and innovation of new concepts; good value for money and visible impact; tangible and intangible outputs and outcomes; as well as project sustainability beyond current funding. Previously supported projects should have been successful with all reports submitted and grant fully accounted for.
On 29 and 30 April 2013, a Tanzanian dance group “Dar es Salaam Dance International (DDI)” conducted cultural exchange programmes with youths from Glen View, Mbare and Dzivarasekwa. The dance showcase and exchange was conducted on the fringes of the 2013 edition of the Hrare International Festival of the Arts(HIFA). Support for the cultural training exchanges came through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
Dancers going through their paces
Head of Swedish International Development Cooperating Agency (Sida) Magnus Carlquist with Tanzanian Instructor Aloyce Makonde
Jibilika community groups Zimbabwe and Dar es Salam Dance International Tanzania held hip hop and street dance exchange workshops in Glen View and Mbare on the 29th to the 30th of May 2013 at Glen View Area 8 New Hall and Shingirayi Youth Centre in Mbare.