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.
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!
Wanezi and Emganwnini High Schools made history yesterday by being the first schools to attend the inaugural Matobo Heritage Festival. Continue reading
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.
We share this story below that was published on 23 July 2017 in the Sunday News:
Bhekumuzi Ncube, Sunday Life Reporter
THE Amagugu International Heritage Centre (AIHC) will host the Matopo Festival on 31 July.
The festival will include traditional dances, music and games under the theme of enhancing awareness of indigenous cultural heritage.
The programmes manager of the centre, Butholezwe Kgosi Nyathi, said the festival is aimed at educating students from schools and tertiary institutions about African heritage.
“The festival is designed primarily for institutions of learning. The desire is to be an educational festival, and we want to be responsive to the demands of the new education curriculum. We are rural based enterprises and our aim is to promote rural based talents and preserve various cultural heritage elements in Matopo, which have been marginalised by contemporary setups which undermine the importance of traditional culture,” he said.
Nyathi added that there will be an opportunity to visit the Njelele shrine keeper who will give information about the mysterious shrine in Zimbabwe where ordinary people are forbidden to enter.
“The festival will not violate the restrictions of the Njelele shrine but will create an opportunity for people to interact with the keeper of the shrine. The custodian of the shrine will define and describe the symbolism of every feature of the Njelele shrine,” he added.
Nyathi said from 31 July to 4 August the festival will concentrate on the standard programming activities namely traditional court simulation, folktales, storytelling, craft exhibitions, mountain climbing, nature walk, village walk, eco-fashion exhibition and braai on the rocks.
“On the opening day of the ceremony, craft exhibition will feature a new range of basketry products by Matopo artisans following an intensive design and production mentorship support programme. On 3 August there will be a weaving activity that will be held in Bulawayo at the National Art Gallery which will be the only programme held outside Bulawayo,” said Nyathi.
Nyathi urged people from Bulawayo and Matopo to come and witness the participation of Matopo artistes and villagers demonstrating their talents in traditional music and dance.
“People should come and witness a unique festival that will be backed by cultural artistes. On 5 August we will invite contemporary groups such as the Djembe monks and Drums of peace to perform. We also have Nobuntu performing alongside Sunduza in a collaborative Imbube act,” he added.
This is it! After a series of design and production workshops coupled with mentorship support we are delighted to present the Weaving Through Design exhibition.
Join us at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Thursday 3 August 2017 at 1730hrs.
Matobo artisans present a new range of basketry and wood artifacts inspired by Rudo Nondo designs.
Exhibition features pictures of some of the products by KB Mpofu.
We express profound gratitude to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo for partnering with us in this venture. A hearty thank you also goes to Suqea for sponsoring make up for the model showcasing an ethnic dress on the evening.
More than 30 students from the Department of English and Communication at Solusi University could not contain their Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) on the Amagugu experience. Continue reading
The inaugural Matobo Heritage Festival will be held from 31 July – 5 August at Amagugu International Heritage Centre. From 31 July – 4 August it is largely primary, secondary and tertiary institutions of learning that will be visiting. The standard daily activities are as per the attached poster. There will be more activities of course 🙂
On 5 August we are open to members of the public. The morning will feature the standard festival activities. Starting 12 noon we host a series of explosive music sessions. We feature the talented and award winning Nobuntu – an all female imbube ensemble. The reverberating sounds of the djembe drum will echoe in the Matobo mountains courtesy of Djembe Monks and Drums of Peace. You don’t want to miss out.
As part of the Strengthening Local Cultural Policy in Zimbabwe project in partnership with UNESCO, Amagugu International Heritage Centre conducted a dance training workshop at Madabe Primary School in Plumtree on 30 June 2017. Continue reading