Enhancing the capacity of communities to safeguard traditional dance expressions as performing arts heritage in western Zimbabwe

  • Financial assistance:
    • US$ 98,927 granted in 2018
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 19/07/2018 - 31/12/2021
  • Documents:

Benefitting country(ies): Zimbabwe


The project aims to safeguard the traditional dance practices of six districts of western Zimbabwe and to raise awareness of the 2003 Convention among traditional leaders and members of the community. It arose out of an increasing awareness in Zimbabwe of the value of intangible cultural heritage and its contribution to a sense of cultural identity and social cohesion. Implemented by the Nhimbe Trust, a registered non-profit NGO working at the intersection of culture and development, the project has the following key objectives: to enhance the capacities of cultural stakeholders within the communities to safeguard their cultural heritage by equipping them with knowledge of the 2003 Convention; to increase the capacities of such stakeholders to undertake community-based inventorying of related elements; to strengthen their capacities to implement activities enabling the inter-generational transmission of these dance expressions; and to strengthen the tools to promote traditional dance as a performing arts practice. To this end, the project will be structured around research and documentation activities, the compilation of an inventory of associated elements, and activities designed to enhance the inter-generational transmission of the dance practices.

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