The Arts Factory project by Kunzwana Trust which ran from July to November 2021 has managed to inject skills and vital support into the industry with ‘creative actions’ for 59 direct beneficiaries.
These include musicians, poets, comedians, scriptwriters, filmmakers, writers, editors, studios, festivals and venues.
Beyond Harare and Bulawayo, the project reached Chipinge and Binga.
The services rendered provided a ray of hope at a time when artistes are struggling for economic survival and crippled by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The artistes were assisted with skills and need to envision, plan and prepare for a post-Covid-19 recovery.
The Arts Factory project was made possible by a grant from the Creative ACTIONS project from the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe, and co-funded by the European Union.
Participants expressed their gratitude and explained how they have been helped through skills they learnt on the workshops.
“The experience and opportunity that I have gotten from the whole process was eye opening. I have come to learn the importance of professionalism in the presentation of who I am through this process.
“I have also come to share with others and also encourage them to have Bios as I have seen their importance when it comes to work and presenting one professionally,” said Gertrude Munhamo.
Llyod Manhanga said, “Thanks to the Arts Factory grant I was able to make an entry for the Netflix Grow-Creative competition for young filmmakers. To enter I needed two short films but I had only one. So, without the grant to make the second, I would not have been eligible.”
Dudu Manhenga, who will be releasing two books under her name this year, said she gained a lot from the project.
“I would like to say thank you for a good season of working together. I am excited about my two books that are going to be released, and the standard of excellence is just so amazing all because of the skills I acquired from the project.
“I am praying that more doors will open for many local artistes to get an opportunity to learn and gain artistic and professional skills like those we learnt through the Arts factory,” said Manhenga.