Nacz executive director Nicholas Moyo said the current coronavirus crisis is hitting hard all industries and the creative sector is no exception and the arts sector will in the next few weeks and months face tragedy of unprecedented level.
Moyo said: “As the Nacz, we therefore call upon all stakeholders, players and consumers in the cultural and creative industries to step up and comply with the response measures set by the government.”
He added that unfortunately, coronavirus knows no time frame and knows no numbers, industry players need to think people and not event and are to put people first and cancel, suspend or postpone events that had been planned already, the move will go a long way in contributing in a positive way to the national response.
Moyo said as the Nacz they call upon all organisers of World Theatre Day associated activities meant to be held this March to cancel them forthwith and the same must be applied to all other events falling in April within the time frame given by the government.
“This is obviously a sad chapter in the arts business in this country as artists and promoters alike will find themselves in a precarious situation as livelihoods are threatened.
“Meanwhile, we acknowledge responsible leadership already shown by the shelving of the Cultural and Creative Industries Indaba by the Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation ministry shutdown of the three National Galleries of Zimbabwe and the shelving of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards,” said Moyo.
He added that the council also recognises that in response to the call, the inaugural Stephen Chifunyise International Theatre Festival was also immediately invested in a digital platform and is set to be a new but exciting festival online together with the Hokoyo album launch by Jah Prayzah that will take place online via Facebook livestream.
Moyo said some of the promoters that had already signed contracts and paid international artistes have already committed to playing their roles in cancelling those major shows including the Burna Boy Concert by Kayse Connect which has officially been postponed to a later date to be fixed.
Two concerts bringing in top DJs from South Africa by 2Kings Entertainment have also been postponed. We salute these promoters as they take the lead in protecting creative music consumers from exposure and at the same time complying with the government’s call.
“At Nacz we are alive to the negative impact that this coronavirus disaster will have on the Creative and Cultural Sector, the industry will have to deal with the impact of the cancellations and/or postponement of performances/events during this period of uncertainty,” Moyo said.
He further said in the meantime creatives, celebrities and ambassadors of various products are stepping up their participation as key communicators in various messages on coronavirus and together they will stand to protect each other just as in unity they shall also stand to build the economy and industries inclusive of the creative industry.