Lack of funding stalls ZIMFEBI cultural outreach programmes

By ZBC Reporter
ORGANISERS of the Zimbabwe Music Festival Bira (ZIMFEBI) say lack of funding has affected their operations and could not host cultural outreach programmes.
The cultural fete has been instrumental in cultural information dissemination in communities.
Organiser of the festival Luckson “Manluckerz” Chikutu who is a musician, poet and author said lack of funding has stalled progress of ZIMFEBI events.
“We have put all programmes on hold because of lack of funding. We had a number of initiatives that needs implementation but for now we cannot do anything because funding is a problem,” he said.
Manluckerz said he would engage government and several organisations so that they can come on board.
“We are working to come up with proposals, sharing with organisations and government. Maybe that is the only way we can resume our operations because as it stands we have no funding,” he said.
He said he will try to reach the Ministry of Youths Sports Arts and Recreation to get assistance in resuming the outreach programmes.
“I have seen the Ministry is reaching out to many artistes so that it is good on our part because we can work on partnerships to foster our work forward,” he said.
Launched in 2014 at the Book Café, the organisation has held outreach programmes in in areas such as Guruve, Zvimba, Kadoma and Gokwe before taking it to Sweden.
In his book “Flashback Identity”, Chikutu highlighted how ZIMFEBI encourages one’s upbringing, identity and origins.
“Diverse cultures and traditions can influence and reflect human beings in modern society. In the long term it may also contribute to a peaceful and harmonious society with independent and strong individuals,” he wrote in the book.
Since 2006 ZIMFEBI has been involved in a number of cultural workshops before launching in Sweden, 2007.
In 2010 the organisation participated at the Secret Festival with musicians from Europe and Africa that was held in Oland.