The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Spanish Embassy Hosts Cultural Programme

In the lead-up to the festive season, the Embassy of Spain is showcasing Spanish culture by inviting top Spanish performers to teach and collaborate with Zimbabwean artistes, dancers and musicians. "Over the last four years, the Embassy of Spain has been committed to developing its cultural programme using both local and Spanish artistes," says Spanish chargé d'affaires Ximena Sartori.

"Culture is a fundamental part of both Zimbabwe and Spain's national identity, and it plays a key role in maintaining peace, bringing people together and building a stronger society."

Over the last two weeks, two films from the International Images Film Festival For Women 2012 have been shown in Harare and a workshop was held at the premises of the Embassy with members of the IIFF. And last Sunday, over 500 people enjoyed a performance by flamenco dancers Al Alimon at the International School of Harare.

Singer Hope Masike will also be performing and will mix traditional Zimbabwean mbira music with traditional Spanish flamenco music and dancing.

The following week, the flamenco dancers will conduct free of charge dance workshops for adults and children at the Dance Trust of Zimbabwe. There will also be workshops for local musicians at the Cultural

Centre within the Embassy of Spain and a concert for the children of Emerald Hill School for the deaf.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Zimbabwean dancers and dancing teachers as they are not often exposed to expertise from outside the country," said Mrs Stranix, from the Dance Trust of Zimbabwe.

Another highlight of this year's cultural programme is Basurama, a plastic art duo of creative Spanish people who conduct projects transforming waste and recycled materials in public spaces.

They started work with local artists Misheck Masamvu and Gareth Nyandoro yesterday up to December 8 at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe garden. The end piece will be donated to the National Gallery.

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