Kore Kore Cultural Village to host Mashonaland West Culture Month celebrations

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Writes Chimeno Azriel

The Kore Kore Cultural Village this year plays host to the Mashonaland West Culture Month celebrations set for the 12th of July 2024 in Makonde. The day serves as a reminder of the importance of cultural diversity and the need to preserve cultural practices that embody the spirit of humanity (Ubuntu/Unhu).

Situated in Makonde Village, the Kore Kore Cultural Village was given the nod to host the belated Provincial Culture Month celebrations, and various artists are expected to be available to exhibit their artworks.

The Acting Deputy Director of the Ministry of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Tarisai Gusho, said all was in place for the hosting of the Culture Month Celebration at the Village Centre.

“This year all roads lead to the Kore Kore Cultural Village where we are holding our cultural celebrations. We are expecting all artists from the Province to come and showcase their artworks.

“As a Province, we are going to commemorate, celebrate, and valorize our own cultural heritage, creativity, Indigenous languages, and national pride and let the diverse culture that makes us Zimbabweans wherever we are a source of strength. We will walk tall and showcase this rich tapestry to the world through dance, music, craft, sculpture, languages, fashion, cuisine, visual art, film, theatre, poetry, and literature – all serving as vibrant expressions of our culture and dialogues,” said Gusho.

Running under the theme “Our Culture, Building Zimbabwe Brick by Brick.”, the theme is aligned with the President’s Vision 2030 which stipulates that no one and no place is to be left behind as well as the significance of Culture Months that promotes cultural diversity, unity and peace as well as recognition of the importance of cultural heritage in shaping natural identity.

The Culture Month coincides with the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, established by UNESCO on May 21.

In celebration of Culture Month, the Sport, Recreation, Arts, and Culture Ministry along with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) officially launched a nationwide celebration which was presided over by His Excellency, the President of Zimbabwe, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa.

This year’s hosting place is unique as the Village has all the aspects that attract local, regional, and international tourists and is a place to be.

Mashonaland West Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Hon Marian Chombo, will be the Guest of Honour and according to Gusho, the Minister of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Hon Kirsty Coventry, is expected to grace the occasion.

The Kore Kore Cultural Village is a Community initiative that showcases the Kore Kore Culture and it offers activities such as storytelling, traditional dances, nature walks, traditional food preparation, and cooking methods.