The year 2015 was fruitful in as far as fulfilling our mandate is concerned – preserving and promoting indigenous cultural heritage. We had thousands of primary and secondary school students, local and international tourists visiting our Centre in Matobo.
We painted the perimeter wall of the Centre with 27 murals. The project was supported by Hivos and expanded the scope of our cultural programming. The murals have also enhanced the aesthetic ambience of the Centre.
We were delighted to belong to a partnership that has for the past two years organized the My Beautiful Home competition. We had over 300 homesteads participating in the competition from seven wards in Matobo District. Villagers won magnificent prizes like water tanks and wheel barrows courtesy of support from our private sector partners.
A traditionally painted hut
Interactive drumming session courtesy of Drums of Peace
Drums of Peace from Bulawayo became the first group from outside of Matobo to perform at Amagugu. The interactive drumming session had lasting impressions of joy.
We partnered with Intwasa ARTS Festival koBULAWAYO and conducted a workshop for primary school children on the wosana traditional dance. The wosana is a rain making dance and largely unique to Matobo.
We convened the first in a series of Culture Connection Days and we had Nobuntu – an all female imbube music group – as the first group to perform. They were a marvel to watch.
Sweet melodies and captivating dances by Nobuntu
Nkosini Ndlovu, a versatile drummer and dancer became our first rural based artist to promote. Ndlovu performed at the official opening of Ibumba International Festival.
Armed with their cameras, the finest of photographers from Bulawayo besieged the communal lands of Matobo and captured immaculate images of the vast cultural and natural landscape. This was our contribution to promoting Matobo as a prime tourism destination.
Balancing rocks in Matobo #MatoboPhotoWalk
We screened in December two local films, Freedom and The Collector, in partnership with the Zimbabwe International Film and Festival Trust. The interest from local Matobo women and children was inspirational.
And yes, this very website was created in 2015 and is allowing us to share our work with an international audience.
We honour the women and men who work at the Centre for their exceptional and diligent work.
The 2016 calendar of events is just as impressive. Watch this space for updates on a rolling basis.
We thank you all for the love and support you have showed us. If you have not been to the Centre please make sure that 2016 is your year to visit. You won’t regret!
Wishing you all a Happy New Year filled with love and prosperity.