The Culture Fund, in partnership with the European Union (EU), has announced the successful recipients of grants for 42 outstanding projects by Zimbabwean artists.These grants amount to a total funding of USD 748,588.
The Creative Actions II project aims to support and empower the vibrant artistic community in Zimbabwe by providing financial resources and opportunities for creative expression.
The collaboration between the Culture Fund and the European Union seeks to bolster the cultural sector and foster artistic innovation.
The grants awarded under this program will enable Zimbabwean artists to pursue their creative endeavors across various disciplines, including visual arts, performing arts, literature, music, and film.
The funds will support the development, production, and dissemination of these projects, thereby promoting cultural exchange and nurturing artistic talent within Zimbabwe.
Speaking on behalf of the Culture Fund, H.E. the EU Ambassador Jobst von Kirchmann expressed delight in partnering with the European Union to bring this initiative to life.
Jobst von Kirchmann emphasized the importance of supporting local artists and recognizing their contributions to Zimbabwean culture.
The European Union has long been a champion of cultural diversity and recognizes the crucial role that the arts play in society.
Through the Creative Actions II project, they aim to contribute to the development of the Zimbabwean cultural sector and encourage artistic excellence.
“We are delighted to share that the project received a remarkable response during the first Grant cycle, with 248 highly competitive proposals submitted” added Mr Mpfunya Director of Culture Fund
The Culture Fund and the European Union were impressed by the diversity and creativity demonstrated in the proposals received, reflecting the richness of Zimbabwe’s artistic landscape.
“Some of the activities to be implemented include the creation of a diverse range of artistic and cultural expressions by artists in Bulawayo, Harare, Masvingo, Bindura, Chinhoyi and other areas, encompassing filmmaking,music, theatre, crafts, fashion, sculpturing, comedy and dance
Some projects will support the holding of festivals, fairs, exhibitions and awards ceremonies in Harare, Bulawayo, Masvingo,Victoria Falls, Matobo, Murehwa and other areas.”
“Projects will also empower creatives (especially women and youth) from Hwange, Binga, Tsholotsho, Lupane, Masvingo, Murehwa, Harare,Bulawayo and other areas on digital technologies, intellectual property rights, accessing new markets and professionalizing their work,” Mpfunya said