In May 2010, Nhimbe Trust, in partnership with the Bulawayo Arts Forum (BAF) hosted a two-day national seminar in Bulawayo to review the status and implementation of the National Cultural Policy of Zimbabwe.

After the seminar, Nhimbe saw the need for continued collec­tive dialogue on how to address the chal­lenges stakeholders in the arts and culture sector in Zimbabwe face, and began work with cultural scholars in conceptualizing the process of engaging the Creative Civil Society in Zimbabwe and in under­taking a comprehensive SWOT analysis of the sector in order to recommend strategies that could be taken to address chal­lenges identified. Nhimbe secured financial support from MIMETA, the British Council; and technical support from the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA) and Arterial Network towards undertaking this process.

The process culminated in the production of the “Zimbabwe Creative Civil So­ciety’s Strategy in the Formulation of a Plan of Action for Arts and Culture. “ The Conference also mandated Nhimbe to provide further leadership in the production and implementation of a time-bound and comprehensive 5 year Creative Society Plan of Action for Arts and Culture in Zimbabwe.

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AuthorCato Litangen