Quinta-feira, 12 de Janeiro de 2012

 

BOOK CAFE, MANNENBERG CLOSURE IS A BLOW TO THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES IN ZIMBABWE

 

Arterial Network Zimbabwe learnt with profound sadness the imminent closure in its current location of the Book Cafe and Mannenberg, one of the most vibrant arts centres in Zimbabwe.

 

Book Cafe and Mannenberg will close its doors at Fife Avenue Mall in Harare after 15 years. The building owners, retail giant OK Zimbabwe and its agent, Old Mutual, one of Africa’s largest property, finance and insurance conglomerates whose parent company is in South Africa, advised that the owners will occupy the premises from 2012. “Owner occupation” is often the only means by which a lease can be technically cancelled in this way under Zimbabwe law.

 

The Book Cafe and Mannenberg have epitomised good practice in arts entrepreneurship within a development framework, demonstrated by their impressive milestones: in 15 years the venues achieved: 7,500 concerts and events (mainly music and poetry), 650 public discussions, 90 book launches, 35 theatre productions and staging of 250 international touring acts. 600,000 audience entered the twin venues since opening, as Book Cafe in 1997 (with Luck Street Blues), and Mannenberg in 2000 (with historic performances by jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim). About 350 artists earned a livelihood at the venues in 2011 alone. 1200 artists participated annually in development programmes. 950 events were staged annually since 2008, and prior to 2008 about 600 events.

 

Para continuar a ler o artigo de Josh Nyapimbi no website do MIMETA-Centre for Culture and Development basta clicar aqui.

 



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Quinta-feira, 28 de Abril de 2011

Na foto: "Décompte (Countdown)", de Zab Maboungou, com Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata

 

 

Está a decorrer até ao 1º de Maio o Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA), evento programático de 6 dias que todos os anos procura reunir na antiga Salisbúria, capital do Zimbabwe, uma amostragem significativa da produção artística e cultural local, regional e internacional.

Aqui, toda a programação de Música, Teatro, Dança, Spoken Word, Artes Visuais e Workshops do HIFA 2011.



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Segunda-feira, 18 de Abril de 2011

Orbis Terrae, in "Atlas sive Cosmographicae" (1595), Gerard Mercator 

 

 

Últimos dias para espreitar a exposição "Rediscovering African Geographies" na Royal Geographical Society em Londres!

 

From the great African Kings and Empires from 3000BC to the complex trade networks and migration of Africans within the continent and across the world, the Society's new Rediscovering African Geographies exhibition uses maps, photographs and literature from our Collections to travel through Africa’s history.

Rediscovering African Geographies shows, from an African perspective, how culture, international relations, language and conflict have shaped the geography we know today. It reveals often neglected stories and how these records of African societies, cultures and landscapes helped shape and inform European views of this continent and its people.

The exhibition, which runs from 22 March 2011 to 28 April 2011, has been created with African community partners representing the Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and South Africa. It's free to visit and will be held at the Society premises, Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm.

The exhibition features Africans such as James Chuma, Abdullah Susi and Sidi Mubarak Bombay who made important contributions to the Victorian expeditions undertaken by David Livingstone and others that were supported by the Society.

 

Tudo o que é preciso saber aqui e um óptimo audio-slideshow da BBC aqui.

 

 

Lúcia Marques



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