Sino-Zim cultural ties step up Stanley Banda (left), counsellor of the Embassy of Zimbabwe in Beijing and Tungamirai Eric Mupona at the Oriental Pearl Tower art exhibition in Shanghai, China, recently

Talent Chimutambgi

A SERIES of art exhibitions between China and Zimbabwe has strengthened cultural exchanges between the peoples of the two countries and brought them closer.

The exhibitions took place in China recently and artistes from Zimbabwe participated.

The latest exhibition was the brainchild of the China-Zimbabwe Exchange Centre (CZEC), chaired by Steve Zhao, which sought to consolidate the existing bilateral ties between Zimbabwe and China in the arts and culture.

The Zimbabwean artists who took part in this initiative included Batsirai Muswe, Asa King Zvihari, Keith Zenda, Danial Chimurure, Kutenda Mlambo, Tatenda Calton Chikanyanga, Tadiwanashe Marufu, among other artists.

In a statement, Zhao said the exhibition gave Zimbabwean artists a platform to depict the beauty of Africa through art.

“The event was not only an art exhibition, but also a spiritual journey. Artists from Zimbabwe used their unique perspectives and artistic creations to show the world the colourful customs of Africa. They called upon people to care for the environment, while paying attention to the growth and development of children with special needs as well as young people from disadvantaged backgrounds,” said Zhao.

The event which began on May 30 and ended on June 2, took place at the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai. It was  an initiative of “African Charity Fundraiser” spearheaded by China-Zimbabwe Exchange Centre and Hopestar Charity Foundation in China with the aim of promoting culture and  art exchanges and raising funds for welfare of children in the two countries.

Among the artists in the exhibitions, Zvihari won the third prize  in the “My Dream” painting competition for African youths and got the opportunity of “Talking with Taikonauts” in the Chinese spaceship last September.

“Each painting explores the independence and harmony that can be achieved when humans coexist peacefully with nature.  . . . I believe that art has the power to not only reflect reality but also inspire positive change,” said Zvihari.

Steve Zhao

Zhao said; “This is not only an art exhibition, but also a celebration of friendship across borders. It not only showed the charm of African culture, but also promoted friendship between China and Zimbabwe. The exhibition enhanced understanding and communication between the peoples, and helped build a broader platform for future exchanges and cooperation.”

CZEC is a non-governmental organisation aimed at building Sino-Zimbabwe bilateral ties through various facets as well as harnessing the arts and culture between Harare and the Asian economic powerhouse.

“As a Chinese NGO in Zimbabwe, the China-Zimbabwe Exchange Centre, participated in public welfare activities in Beijing for the first time, and played a positive role in empowering the Wishing Star Baby public welfare themed activity. The initiative helps care for children with special needs in China through art and culture,” said Zhao.

During the event, Liu Long, vice chairman of CZEC, exchanged views with Chinese philanthropist Li Xiaolin.

Liu played an active role in ensuring the success of the programme.

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