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Bulawayo artists partner with local authority

Artists in Bulawayo under Industry of Creative Arts say they have resolved to work together with the city council to revive arts industry in the city.

Players in the arts industry say they are in the process of conducting an audit to establish the number of people who are involved in this sector ranging from musicians, painters and writers as a way of restoring Bulawayo as a cultural hub.

The audit, which was agreed upon on Monday to occur between October and December this year is implemented under the Cultural Mapping of Bulawayo program.

Cont Mhlanga, Amakhosi Arts founding director told Radio Dialogue that the coming together of artists is meant to find ways of preserving as well as promoting the sector.

“We want a central office within the city which will regulate all artistic activity taking place herein,” said Mhlanga. “This move will unite all the artists of Bulawayo thus making it easy for anyone who wishes to assist financially to channel the funds to one destination.”

Bulawayo Mayor Thaba Moyo said the local authority is committed to assisting artists and they are willing to identify and set aside an office for this initiative.

“If they come forward with their plans and proposals for an office we will listen to them,” said the Mayor.

He said the memorandum of understanding recently signed between council and Polokwane Municipality of South Africa will allow artists to get financial assistance from that end.

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