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SHOWCASE Final 111111

The Culture Fund envisions a thriving Zimbabwe that is confident in its innovation and creativity that is nurtured through a culture of open dialogue and creation of knowledge accessible to all its citizens. The Culture Fund with programme support funds from the Swedish International Development Agency(Sida) plays a leading role in gearing the country towards becoming a creative society benefiting from a creative economy. It supports the cultural sphere through results-based programming.


Florence Mukanga is currently undertaking a study which seeks to determine the aggregate economic contribution of Book Café to the creative economy (directly in economic terms, as well as outputs of indirect benefit to artists and creative sector).

It will consider the wider implications of the venue in terms of spin-off benefits to artists in exposure, training, career development, experience, tours and opportunities arising from the venue activities, in economic and social terms.

The Culture Fund would like to convey its sincere condolonces to the Mafika family on the untimely passing of   mbira player, teacher and  musician  Taku Mafika.  May his soul rest in peace. (more…)

Zimbabwe’s longest running longest-running film festival, the Zimbabwe International Film Festival is running until the 7th of October, having officially opened last Friday night at the Harare Gardens. The festival will present presenting  50 screenings of current films from around the world.

The festival has spread its venues out this year in a bid to bring cinemas were none exist and to expose the Zimbabwean audience to different genres of film.

Screenings this year are taking place at various venues including The Harare Gardens, Alliance Française, The Spanish Embassy, National Art Gallery, Pakare Paye Arts Centre and Young Africa Skills Centre.


Zimbabwe’s Book Cafe, flagship venue of Pamberi Trust, is a laureate of 2011 Prince Claus Awards. It is amongst the most prestigious global awards in culture, presented annually to individuals and organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean for outstanding achievement in culture and the positive effect of their work on the wider cultural or social field. Quality is a sine non qua for an Award.

The award has been described as “a momentous achievement for Zimbabwean performing arts, and for Book Cafe”, which becomes one of the first live performing arts venues of this kind in the world, built on a platform of freedom of expression and focusing across music, poetry and theatre with public discussion, film and multi-disciplinary arts, to win the acclaimed global award. Book Cafe was awarded the prize for its role in “culture and development”.