New arts, cultural centre established

Nzou Arts Cultural Centre

Nzou Arts Cultural Centre

Arts Reporter

“Our aim is to preserve culture through music and the arts in general. Engaging Music Crossroads has given us a musical concept to promote arts in a different way and we also hope to get more international students to learn at this academy so that cultural exchange programmes can be launched for the benefit of locals and foreigners.”

A new arts and cultural centre by the name Nzou Arts Cultural Centre has been set up in Harare.

The centre will be the new rendezvous for artists who intend to promote and showcase cultural diversity and the importance of upholding our cultural heritage.

The centre seeks to promote cultural dialogue, networking and the creation of new cultural resources for both the public and private sectors.

Nzou Arts Cultural Centre, which opened its doors to the public early this month, is also home to a traditional restaurant that serves Zimbabwean traditional lunches to its growing clientele.

The artistic place also has a commercial arts and crafts shop offering an intimate sight of African culture and heritage.

The centre houses a 250-seater performance space that can be used for music, theatre, film, dance, fashion, design, conference and educational events.

Recently it also opened an arts and crafts exhibition space and has a lodge to accommodate about 70 guests.

The centre is also home to the famous Music Crossroads Zimbabwe Trust, an academy for music.

George Seremwe, the founder and director of the centre, said the centre would help in the preservation of culture through music and tourism, while providing an ideal meeting place for artists.

“Our aim is to preserve culture through music and the arts in general. Engaging Music Crossroads has given us a musical concept to promote arts in a different way and we also hope to get more international students to learn at this academy so that cultural exchange programmes can be launched for the benefit of locals and foreigners,” Seremwe said.

Artists who were recently devastated following the closure of Book Café might find the place ideal for open mic sessions that had become popular at Book Café.

Seremwe said the centre would engage the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality to boost its profile.

“This is not only about arts and culture, it is about boosting our tourism sector through the arts. By engaging the Tourism ministry we also hope to turn this whole thing international,” he added.

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