We had the privilege and honour on Friday 19 January 2018 of hosting Simon Thomas, the United Kingdom’s Deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe. Accompanied by the Embassy’s Senior Political Officer Charles Mangongera, the Deputy Ambassador toured murals and was also exposed to our broader range of products and services. The tour was led by Pathisa Nyathi, Director of Amagugu International Heritage Centre.
It’s the season of love! A special retreat for those in love, or will be in love by the 17th of February 2018 . Join us for a day out in the beautiful Matopo environs – the streams are flowing, environs serene and the vegetation is green. Perfect opportunity for you and your significant other to connect, far away from the madding crowd. Come on, do something different!
Activities on offer include traditional games, nature walk, mountain climbing, braai on the rocks.
$20 per person transports you to and from Amagugu, covers your Amagugu entry fee, lunch and also guarantees you access to Ntando van Moyo’s solo comedy show. Ntando is the reigning Bulawayo Arts Awards comedian of the year and hosts his first 2018 comedy show at the Bulawayo Theatre.
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It has been a while since they visited but we still cherish the memories. We hosted 80 Mandela Washington Fellows drawn from all corners of the country. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) program that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training and networking.
The Fellows, drawn from the 2014 to the 2017 cohorts, had convened in Bulawayo for an annual retreat and as part of team excursion visited Amagugu. Of particular interest was the open discussion that the fellows had with our Director Pathisa Nyathi on a range of contemporary socio-economic issues. See pictures and appreciate the vibe of the day.
Last Friday, 20 October 2017, Amagugu International Heritage Centre had the privilege of hosting close to 200 Milton Junior Primary School students who were in the company of their teachers. The students had a unique experience with traditional games, participatory cultural activities and an understanding of history through oral tradition as narrated by our Director and renowned historian Pathisa Nyathi. Contact us on +263773702030/ +263713979851 or email email@example.com for your bookings.
We share with you some of our key infrastructure that supports our cultural heritage programming. Of note are the two gazebos that are available for hire – weddings, conferences, church gatherings, exhibitions, parties and many more. Get in touch with us this festive season for your staff retreats and team building activities – traditional games, nature walks, mountain climbing, village tours and Braai On The Rocks. Get in touch and tell us what you want: firstname.lastname@example.org +263773702030 +263712701651 +263713979851
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Amagugu International Heritage Centre affiliated artisans had the pleasure of hosting artisans from Bulilima District in a look and learn visit. Basket weavers in Matobo have developed a reputation for producing immaculate products and Bulilima artisans, supported by Hand in Hand, spent the 27th of July 2017 at Amagugu tapping into the knowledge and skills of Matobo weavers. Elaborate discussions were held and ideas exchanged. The inspiration was palpable. The two groups exch
anged gifts in what symbolised the beginning of long term mutually beneficial collaborative working relations.
Following an intense crafts products quality development and utilitarian value enhancement process, we invested in a photo shoot, all in an effort to demonstrate the intersection between fashion and weaving.
Saturday 5 August 2017 will always be a day to remember. We had 155 people successfully completing the mountain climbing challenge. And the reward was worth it. Soulful music courtesy of Sunduza, Drums of Peace, IYASA and Nobuntu. All this with Braain On The Rocks and drinks in abundance.
The Weaving Through Design exhibition was officially opened on Thursday 3 August 2017 at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo by guest of honour Thoko Ndlovu who is Group Marketing Director at Treger Products.
Weaving Through Design is a collaborative project between Amagugu International Heritage Centre artisans in Matobo and Rudo Nondo, a fashion designer from Harare.
The project brought together women artisans from different villages in Matobo who then constituted teams that worked in a collaborative working environment. Within the teams leaders have emerged and their mandate is to coordinate team members to meet production targets.
As a designer, Rudo Nondo has been challenging and assisting Matobo artisans to produce a new range of contemporary products with a high utilitarian value and also experimented with various traditional weaving methods and incorporated them in contemporary design.
Men have equally been a part of the process and have been producing a new range of wood artifacts displayed as part of this exhibition.
The exhibition highlights how the world of fashion design and basket weaving has come together and how the coming together of two worlds has highlighted the power of collaboration and has allowed the use of traditional weaving skills to make contemporary products.
The Weaving Through Design project has promoted the ethos of intergenerational transmission of traditional craft skills. Elderly women and men have been working with young artisans to facilitate sharing of knowledge and skills in craftsmanship.
From an initial 15 artisans at project inception in May 2017, the Weaving Through Design initiative now has a network of 35 active women whose work is displayed here.
A hearty thank you to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe for hosting the exhibition.
The exhibition will run until mid August. Make time and check it out.