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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.

Nhimbe Trust Sets the Record Straight!

On May 18, 2017, The Patriot, a local newspaper that is headquartered in Harare, ran a misleading article entitled Wolves in sheep skins. The article went to great lengths struggling to articulate how Nhimbe Trust and other cultural organizations have become ‘regime change’ organisations.Nhimbe Trust would not have bothered to respond to the article had it been written as an opinion piece in a publication like The Patriot for obvious reasons. However, the story was packaged and presented as a news article, which sends the misleading message that it is a factual narrative. It is therefore Nhimbe Trust’s view that such an approach towards journalism as a profession weakens the tenets of expression, which in actual fact are sacrosanct and protected by the constitution of Zimbabwe. We take it that factual errors and speculative reporting characterizing the article are not borne out of their professional mistakes but rather a reflection of political and other ulterior motives that are aimed at damaging reputations for reasons best known to the paper. Nhimbe Trust’s mandate and scope of work is aptly captured in its vision statement that strives for, “…a vibrant and sustainable Zimbabwean cultural sector, sufficiently regulated and well resourced.” This indelibly cast vision is further broken down through our mission statement, “To advocate for public policies that recognize, enhance and foster cultural diversity for cultural expressions; to contribute to the socio-economic development of Zimbabwe.”Every intervention that we undertake in the country is anchored on the afore-stated timeless decree, which is engrained and engraved in a traceable footprint of our programmes. As noted in our vision and mission statements, we do not advocate for selective and comfortable expression that suits sections of the population but a rather 360-degree approach in support of creative and innovative expressions across all channels and means. We find it very disturbing that The Patriot has fallen into the trap of political dogma, which is bent on attacking creativity and expression through wanton and brazen labelling of the cultural products as ‘regime change’. This is akin to setting the arts and cultural sector in a collision course against the government of the day. As Nhimbe Trust, we refuse to be dragged on this felonious road and remain adamant that newspapers have an obligatory role of truth telling. We call upon the newspaper to seriously consider returning to the founding ethos of competitive journalism, which is that of ethical and factual reporting. Surely, a newspaper does not have to play the ‘prosecutor, jury and judge role’, as if to say it is a holy trinity establishment. If there were no ulterior motives, the paper should have given all those artistic organizations accused of being agents of regime change a chance to respond to the heinous accusations before the paper published the story. As an organization founded on a progressive vision and mission statement, we therefore dismiss the allegations that we are a ‘regime change’ organization with the contempt they deserve.To the contrary, our track record shows that we have been at the epicentre of the struggles for the arts to operate in a secure and competitively regulated space as a means to guarantee that they thrive and succeed in line with the developmental quest for the country’s ZIMASSET. Suffice to mention we enjoy mutual and cordial relations amongst the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary in as far as the advancement of Nhimbe Trust’s vision and mission is concerned. We do so as law respecting citizens of the republic and remain subservient to the supremacy of the Constitution of Zimbabwe (2013), which fireproofs the right to creativity for the peoples of Zimbabwe. As already noted, our vision and mission statements are guaranteed explicitly under Section 61 (1) which reads: Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes – (b) freedom of artistic expression and scientific research and creativity… It is of grave concern that The Patriot feels that it has the sweeping powers to take away from the industry the rights that are guaranteed in the supreme law of the land.We hope it is not out of ulterior political motives, especially when the country is headed towards the 2018 general election. Newspapers, by their construct, are part of the broader creative industries and conduits of the right to freedom of expression, hence the general expectation that they will play an industry advocacy role in furtherance of industry requirements.They do so by calling upon the Government of Zimbabwe to review the laws that hinder the enjoyment of the constitution as aforementioned. Laws such as the infamous Censorship and Entertainment Controls Act (CECA), Broadcasting Services Act (BSA), Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), Criminal Law (Codification Reform) Act, Public Order and Security Act (POSA), among others, are an impingement in the enjoyment of section 61 (1) (a). Due to the existence of these laws that violate the constitution, artists across the board have been arrested, harassed, tortured and exposed to harm.We therefore invite The Patriot to join our voice in our demands for a democratic and sustainable regulatory framework to govern the arts. In focusing on a speculative and factually incorrect story on the creative industry, the paper squandered an opportunity to effectively assess the challenges that the creative industry faces in the country and how the stakeholders could possibly map the way forward.As we head towards the 2018 elections, we want to take this opportunity to call upon the government to:• Guarantee the safety of artists while they undertake their constitutionally protected work as outlined in Section 61 (1) (a);• Repeal the aforementioned laws and replace them with democratic legislation that supports the flourishing of expression and artistic creativity;• Open up the airwaves so that there is healthy competition for the development of the content generation industry;• Start consultations on the consolidation of the creative industries in Zimbabwe;• Transform Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation (ZBC) from being a state to a genuine public broadcaster;• Transform the current Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) into an Independent Broadcasting Authority that is answerable to the Parliament of Zimbabwe.These are the issues that we believe genuine industry stakeholders are grappling with and yearning for the speedy resolution of, as opposed to speculative stories, which lack validity when tested against ethical journalistic standards. Nhimbe Trust will therefore put it on record that our valued stakeholders and the broader industry should disregard The Patriot’s story as false and unfounded. In the USA they would call this uninformed bad will ‘fake news’.END
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WITT Tellers the Musical cast hosts Farnebo Folk High School students from Sweden

The Nhimbe WiTT’s Tellers the Musical cast hosted eleven students from Farnebo Folk High School. The Swedish students were on a cultural exchange visit, courtesy of the Rural Libraries and Resources Development Programme(RLRDP). The Swedes were treated to a full performance of Tellers, which was followed by an interactive discussion on art, culture, economics and the status of women in the arts and society in Sweden and Zimbabwe.
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THE UNIFIED WOMEN - Open Call for a Zimbabwean Female Playwright

Nhimbe Trust, in partnership with Young Vic Theatre UK, with the support of the British Council Zimbabwe, are producing The Unified Women Project, which will provide a cultural exchange between twenty young women and emerging creatives in both the UK and Zimbabwe through collaboration to produce a unique theatre piece. The project will empower and increase the confidence of participants, as well as improve their literacy, communication and presentation skills. This project will empower young women aged 18 to 25 from some of the most vulnerable communities in both London and Bulawayo, as they come together to jointly create a theatre piece inspired by The Suppliant Women directed by Ramin Gray. The theatre piece created will explore very topical themes such as migration, conflict, feminism and the ways in which the ideas relate to their lives and differing experiences. Together with a female director from the UK, the participants will workshop, rehearse, and then perform a sharing of what they have produced. Creative Team The creative team will consist of a female playwright from Zimbabwe to work alongside a female theatre director from the UK for this collaboration. Project Dates The project will take place in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe from Monday 4th to Friday 15th September. Performances are scheduled for Thursday 14th and Friday 15th September. The writer must be available for all the project dates. How to Apply Interested female playwrights are invited to submit their Expressions of Interest with supporting CVs to: joshnyap@nhimbe.org cc roblehmann@youngvic.org. The subject line should read, “Unified Women Playwright”. Deadline for submissions is Friday 3rd March. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. The successful applicant will be informed by Monday 3rd April.
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WITT To premiere The Tellers Musical on November 23

The Tellers is a WITT (Women in Theatre and Television) new musical that tells the story of eight women working at a supermarket that is struggling to stay in business due to the economic and financial woes gripping the nation in addition to rising competition from “illegal” vendors operating outside.The women’s love lives, family issues, financial dire straits and religious beliefs are illustrated throughout the musical and intricately woven through music, dance and elements of poetry to tell a story filled with drama and despair but with hope and triumph. The Tellers features many of Bulawayo’s most versatile young, energetic and talented actresses, musicians, singers and dancers.We introduce fresh new talent and amazing new WITT members that include, among others, Donna Ncube, Lady Tshawe, Memory Mguni, Louisianna Charumbira, Delicacy Ngulube, Sharlene Ndlovu and Angel Mpofu. The Tellers is the expression of the strength and optimism of modern day women; an inspiring story of our strong women to be told again and again.In addition to this, WITT aims to embark on a Girls'High Schools Tour Circuit in Bulawayo showcasing The Tellers following its premiere. The schools will include both public and private girls' schools as well as girls' boarding schools in surrounding districts. The objective is to create a unique WITT/ Status of Women Artists Action Plan (SOWAP) footprint in Girls' High Schools, as a prelude to Nhimbe’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence 2016 Edition of performances under the “Nhimbe 16 days programme”.The show opens at Bulawayo Theatre Club on Wednesday 23 - 25 November before it goes on a national tour, appearing at festivals, among others, Ibumba festival 2016.Written by Raisedon Baya Music & Score By Bafana Dladla (Gugothandayo)Directed By Memory Kumbota and Saimon Mambazo PhiriProduced By Saimon Mambazo Phiri & Nonhlalo Dube for Nhimbe TrustShow: 2 x 45 min (1hr 30 in total)Cast of 15 people (11 women, 4 men)Available dates: from 27 November till 19th December 2016 Available 2017 dates: from 11 January till 4 April 2016
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CiTT Premiere True Colours at Intwasa

The CiTT class premiered the production True Colours at the intwasa Arts Festival on 1st of October at the Bulawayo Theatre.True Colours is written by 18 year old CiTT student John Mabuyane with the guidance of CiTT class teachers. The play is about how the City Council’s blitz on vendors around the city has affected the livelihood and access to education of the children of those vendors. It depicts how, despite the nation falling apart, the voices of children are getting louder and louder by the day.It tells the story of how some children have dropped out of school because their parents could no longer raise money for fees due to the brutal treatment from the Council amongst other trickling effects of the scourge against vending.
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