MANDELA WASHINGTON FELLOWS VISIT AMAGUGU

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.

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Pathisa Nyathi leading discussion

Pathisa Nyathi leading discussion

Amagagasi Olwandle dance group entertains guests

Amagagasi Olwandle dance group entertains guests

Amagagasi Olwandle beating the drum

Amagagasi Olwandle beating the drum

Current and future leaders

Current and future leaders

Beautiful smiles by Fellows

Beautiful smiles by Fellows

Nonsi Ndlovu, one of the Fellows on the day

Nonsi Ndlovu, one of the Fellows on the day

Plot Mhako, 2015 fellow, poses for a photo next to a mural

Plot Mhako, 2015 fellow, poses for a photo next to a mural

Pictures courtesy of Kelvin Mutize

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Milton Junior School Visits Amagugu

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 amaguguprograms@gmail.com for your bookings.
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Traditional games

Traditional games

Interactive traditional games

Interactive traditional games

The right to play

The right to play

Our Infrastructure

300 seater gazebo

300 seater gazebo

80 seater gazebo

80 seater gazebo

Reception - administrative nerve centre

Reception – administrative nerve centre

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: info@amaguguheritage.org +263773702030 +263712701651 +263713979851
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BULILIMA DISTRICT ARTISANS IN LOOK AND LEARN VISIT TO AMAGUGU

AIMG_9940magugu 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

Go small, go beautiful, sell big. Amagugu basket weaving philosophy

Go small, go beautiful, sell big. Amagugu basket weaving philosophy

anged gifts in what symbolised the beginning of long term mutually beneficial collaborative working relations.

WEAVING THROUGH DESIGN OFFICIAL PHOTOS

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.

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Images by KB Mpofu. Models are Sukoluhle Bhebhe, Nonkanyiso Mabaleka and MaNdlovu.

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Blissful Music On The Rocks

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.

Nobuntu dish out their melodic voices

Nobuntu dish out their melodic voices

The mountain experience is available on demand. Bring along your friends and family and be a part of this unique and refreshing encounter.

A hearty thank you to Zimbabwe German Society, 10th District Music and IYASA for making this day possible.28

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Weaving Through Design Exhibition Opened

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.

New Basket Design

New Basket 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.

Guest admires a dress partly made from a beer strainer

Guest admires a dress partly made from a beer strainer

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.

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Milking a Cow at the Matobo Heritage Festival

Of the many activities happening under the banner of the Matobo Heritage Festival milking a cow has proved to be one of the most fascinating experiences. Pictures show Dominican Convent High School girl milking a cow – well, let’s say attempting to milk a cow…. 🙂 See the difference with how the other man does it? Ultimately we all learn by doing!

Dominican Convent girl milks a cow

Dominican Convent girl milks a cow

Experienced man shows students how to milk a cow

Experienced man shows students how to milk a cow

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Music On The Rocks

The Matobo Heritage Festival presents a never to forget music, dance and drumming experience in the Matobo Hills.

Venue: Amagugu International Heritage Centre (60km along Bulawayo – Kezi road)
Date: 5 August 2017
Time: 12 noon – 6pm
Entry fee: $5

Performances by IYASA, Djembe Monks, Drums of Peace, Nobuntu and Sunduza Dance Theatre.

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Music On The Rocks

Music On The Rocks