Zimbabwe through the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) is set to host the second edition of the Belt and Road Afro-Sino cultural exchange program from April 21-May 1 2019.
The inaugural exhibition was held last year in Beijing, where six countries, including hosts China, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe participated.
This year’s Art Exhibition has a total number of 120 artworks from China, Kenya, Seychelles, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe making it the largest exhibition in Zimbabwe in recent time. The exhibition theme is South Meeting the East: A Tale of Two Communities creating an opportunity for the artists from both the South and the East to network, interrogate parallels in working processes and strategies from yesterday and today.
The concept of Belt and Road exchange programme is an initiative by the Chinese Government in a bid to enhance world connectivity whilst embracing business cooperation. Therefore, Belt & Road Afro-Sino Art Exhibition is a brainchild of the Afro-Sino Cultural Exchange Association headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
NACZ organised this arts promotion and development exhibition in partnership with the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Afro-Sino Cultural Exchange Association, Embassy of China, Jacaranda Culture and Media Corporation and Zimbabwe Chinese Business Association.
“In June 2018, a Chinese delegation visited Zimbabwe and in a meeting with NACZ, an agreement was reached to include the country in the first Belt and Road Art Exhibition, which was held in China and attended by the Director Mr. Nicholas Moyo. When we met in China planning for the second edition of the art exchange, Zimbabwe was selected to host the prestigious event, which was to increase the number of participating nations to 10.”
The opportunity was then utilised to market local Art internationally and artworks for visual artists who included Calvin Chimutuwah, Mercy Moyo, Petros Kaseke, Chrispine Mutsadyanga, Munya Mungate, and Mavis Tauzen were exhibited at the Belt and Road exhibition in Beijing.
During the exchange programme, activities lined up include tour of the Chitungwiza Art Centre, Dominic Benhura Studios, National Gallery Art and Design School and the launch of the Arts Exhibition at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe followed by an auction the following day.