Creative Civil Society’s National Plan of Action on Arts and Culture
Members of the creative civil society of Zimbabwe are making serious efforts to be actively involved in the implementation of Zimbabwe’s cultural policy adopted in 2007. In that regard, Nhimbe Trust, with technical support from Arterial Network, and funding from MIMETA and the British Council initiated a project called The Creative Civil Society’s National Plan of Action for Arts & Culture (NPAAC) for Zimbabwe. The NPAAC is based on the belief that for the creative sector to work effectively there needs to be results based Roadmap to provide direction and regulation. It seeks to complement Government efforts to implement the Cultural Policy; and UNESCO Conventions that Zimbabwe ratified.
New projects and partners
Mimeta has signed an agreement with Colombo Art Biennale (CAB), Sri Lanka. CAB is an organisation whose main focus is to bring attention to Sri Lankan art within the regional and international art community and to allow Sri Lanka, a country ravaged by 26 year armed conflict to rebuild itself. Sri Lanka is a place where art can be used as a powerful platform for forging meaningful cultural / art collaborations within the country as well as internationally. A major focus of CAB is to bring attention to Sri Lankan contemporary artists and their work that thematically has an intense engagement with the Sri Lanka socio-political and cultural landscape. By doing that CAB hopes to connect their art to a larger discourse of international audience where their art expressions get equal value within the global art community.
Ishyo Arts Centre
ISHYO Arts Centre in Rwanda promotes art and culture within the scope of national competence. One of its main priorities is to develop and support innovative programs, trainings, artists and projects on a national, regional and international level. To achieve this, ISHYO invests in projects which develop new methods of fostering cultural heritage and tap into the cultural and artistic potential of knowledge required for addressing social issues. ISHYO also focuses on cultural exchange, networking and cross-border cooperation by initiating projects of its own and by supporting project proposals in all areas of the arts with no stipulations as to theme or subject.
Paul Brickhill from Pamberi Trust/African Synergy Trust, Zimbabwe, visited Norway and Sweden 17 – 20 October to do public presentations on the balance between the arts, human rights and entrepreneurship. Brickhill also met with Swedish and Norwegian authorities.
Mimeta is pleased to present our new board. David Hansen, Annbjørg Lien, Trond M Backer, Anne Tone Hageland, Alfred Solgård. Deputies are Kjell Abildsnes and Kristine Sødal.
Mimeta would like to thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
our owners, Stromme Foundation and Vest Agder County, and all our partners for close and valuable cooperation.