African cultures

Government approves conference on African cultures

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO

The GOVERNMENT has approved the hosting of the third edition of the International Conference of African Cultures (ICAC) 2021 which will take place from 23 to 25 November at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) in Harare.

Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa told a post-Cabinet press conference on Tuesday that ICAC 2021 seeks to explore issues relating to the restitution, return and repatriation of African cultural property held in outside the continent.

“The nation is informed that Zimbabwe intends to host the third edition of the International Conference on African Cultures (ICAC) under the theme Africa Speaks: Managing repatriation from an African perspective. It is undisputed that these cultural artefacts carry deep personal meanings and national significance for the countries of origin more than where they are currently domiciled, ”she said.

“The country intends to build on this platform to gain traction in its international engagement and re-engagement efforts by enabling Africa in particular, and the world in general, to define repatriation and to question the colonial injustice which led to the displacement of African cultural goods. “

Mutsvangwa added, “The conference will incorporate the aspirations of Africa’s Agenda 2063, the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance as well as the theme of African Union 2021. Arts, culture and heritage: levers to build the Africa we want.

“In this regard, the resolutions of the conference will feed into the African Union Plan of Action on Culture and Creative Industries. “

Mutsvangwa also said the Cabinet approved the Memorandum of Cooperation between National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ) and the French Development Agency, as presented by Minister of Interior and Cultural Heritage Kazembe Kazembe on l improvement of the infrastructure of Great Zimbabwe World Heritage. site.

“The nation is hereby informed that the project intends to improve the infrastructure of the site as well as capacity building, economic development and cultural empowerment of local communities,” she said.

“The nation is further informed that following a feasibility study carried out by the NMMZ, the main challenges facing the Great Zimbabwe heritage site have been identified, documentation and conservation of tangible and intangible heritage .

“Interpretation and facilities for visitors, management and promotion of additional tourist attractions, and management and protection of the Great Zimbabwe heritage site and its physical and social environment.”

Mutsvangwa added that the cooperation has ensured the development and renovation of the Great Zimbabwe World Heritage site, mobilization and capacity building of national museums and monuments and the development needs of communities around Great Zimbabwe.

She said that when completed, the site was intended to attract more domestic and foreign tourists and keep them longer at the site.

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