Zimbabwe/ 6.2 Public cultural expenditure  

6.2.2 Public cultural expenditure broken down by level of government

It is important to note that the participation of local government in supporting cultural work financially is difficult to quantify. Generally Town and City Councils in Zimbabwe do not have cultural policies, which are necessary for the promotion of cultural industries. There seems to be lack of appreciation by local authorities of the need to promote cultural industries in their towns and cities. Equally absent have been opportunities for clerks/mayors of town and city councils to meet with stakeholders in the arts and culture sector to discuss what is expected of the local authorities in terms of cultural governance and promotion of cultural industries. Thus most of the towns and cities do not actively support arts and culture work.

However there seems to be a wave of developments and activities which might change this situation. Currently Nhimbe Trust is implementing a project aimed at raising awareness of the importance of cultural industries among representatives of cities and towns in Zimbabwe. It is hoped that this project will help to educate cities and encourage them to start actively supporting arts and culture financially and in any other ways possible.

Chapter published: 04-06-2013