©️ NHIMBE Trust, a Bulawayo arts-based organisation has set up culture and creative industries portal as it moves to try and provide assistance in the fight against the deadly coronavirus (covid-19) in the creative sector.
Trust director Josh Nyapimbi said the initiative, which falls under Nhimbe’s Global Affairs Observatory, is meant to provide an innovative, responsive and proactive approach in the face of the virus that has forced the country into a 21-day lockdown.
“The mission of the portal is to offer information resources, technical support and crisis response expertise, to the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) ecosystem, for the strengthening of sector covid-19 preparedness and response mechanisms.
“The covid-19 global health crisis has tremendously impacted the functionality and functioning capacities of cultural and creative industries, placing a demand for the formulation of concerted responses that are timely, accessible, resilient and targeted,” Nyapimbi said.
The Nhimbe Trust director further noted that the portal will map these interventions, for increased accessibility of opportunities, research tools and communiques that are available to cultural and creative industry stakeholders, within and beyond the ambit of their geographical areas of operation.
He said through research, analysis and critical reflection, the portal will provide information resources and expertise aimed at strengthening the cultural and creative sectors’ capacity to respond to crises.
“This intervention strategically addresses, the development of resilient systems (structural, institutional, financial etc.) that can be leveraged on in times of crisis, the CCI complex emergency preparedness and the cultural rights and human-centred crisis relief,” Nyapimbi said.
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