Trust tackles human rights through art

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VICTORY Siyanqoba Trust, a Bulawayo-based community arts group, will this year take a robust stance in championing human rights through the arts.

The organisation revealed that part of its greater mission was to promote and advocate for human rights provisions and democratic practice through the use of performing arts as a medium in pursuit of social transformation.

The renowned arts group has dubbed this year’s theme as “The Community Messengers of the Promised Land”.

“The whole mantra defines our strategic intent based on our theme. The year will be full of brutal frankness and deep innovative community engagement platforms that will ensure therapeutic dialogues to bring about healing cohesion and community harmony. The time has finally come to speak truth to power; not art for art’s sake,” said Trust director Desire Moyo.

The Trust will engage communities, come up with more thought-provoking and results oriented programming within the grassroots while interrogating human rights issues.
“This year marks Zimbabwe’s 40th anniversary. Biblically, this is the year of happiness, harvest, victories, achievements and milestones.

“As citizens, since 1980 we have passed through all seasons of struggles and tribulations in the wilderness. Equally so as artists, we have been investing most of our creative and innovative energies and time in this field and hoping for the best,”Moyo added.

The group has already lined up a number of activities which include Women’s Laundry Cafes, Eziko Theatre Laboratory, Teanet Effect Pantsula Dance Championships, Township Poetry Calabash and the Youthism Political Pot.

Moyo, however, said their programme was open to partnership from like-minded organisations. “Our programming will also leverage on collaborations and partnership as well as commissioned works from like-minded human rights based organisations and the arts institutions.

“As part of the organisation’s sustainability mechanism, the institution is open for commissioned works to do thematic performances at a reasonable fee for other institutions.

More so, innovative spaces and platforms are open for hiring-out by other organisations that appreciate our community engagement methodology.”

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