SPORT, ARTS AND CULTURE minister Andrew Langa has pledged to work with artistes to uplift the arts industry, saying it has a potential to create employment.
Langa made the remarks at the annual two-day national arts and culture indaba organised by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) in Bulawayo.
This year’s event was held under the theme “Towards the Turnaround for a Professional Creative Sector”.
Sport, Arts and Culture permanent secretary Thokozile Chitepo presented Langa’s speech at the event attended by several artistes.
We value your contributions in professionalising the creative industries that are not only driven by passion, but also your commitment in building the sector,” Langa said.
“As a ministry, our strategic direction is to ensure that the arts are not regarded as secondary, but as equally a major contributor to wealth, employment and eradication of poverty.
“We are channelling our efforts to ensure that the arts and culture are recognised as business entities that should be sustainable in arts promotion and development.”
However, artistes expressed concern that most entertainment facilities in Bulawayo were being turned into churches, forcing out performers from their space.