Four-nation Arts Festival on the cards

Minister Rakgare dancing with the National Arts Festival 2023 ensemble during the awards ceremonyPIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Minister Rakgare dancing with the National Arts Festival 2023 ensemble during the awards ceremonyPIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

In an effort to promote regional strategic relationships, the Arts Councils of Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, and Zimbabwe are planning to host an Arts Festival at the confluence of the Zambezi River.

This was revealed by the Minister of Youth, Gender, Sport and Culture, Tumiso Rakgare when updating Parliament on the status of the National Arts Council of Botswana (NACB) recently. The NACB was launched in May 2023 as part of government’s initiative to transform the local creative and cultural space.

Rakgare said the NACB is working with other Arts Councils to collaborate and partner with each other for the socio-economic wellbeing of artists in these countries. He said following the meeting in Zambia last year, the Arts Councils are working on a concept that would see this festival held on a rotational basis.

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