Strengthening Young Leadership Capacity for Zimbabwe’s Creative and Cultural Tourism Economy

Strengthening Young Leadership Capacity for Zimbabwe’s Creative and Cultural Tourism Economy

Summary

This interdisciplinary project will diversify GCRF partnerships by working with new collaborators LitFest (leading urban arts festival), and CHIPAWO (Arts Education initiative), in Zimbabwe. We seek to widen the impact of previous AHRC and GCRF grants, to harness tourist sites and festivals to reach new audiences for major creative outputs and performances of the grants. Together we will translate methods and ways of working employed in previous grants from the rural context of the Dangbe Region of Ghana, to the urban context of Harare.  A performance piece will be co-created through innovative multilingual participatory arts methods and improvisation, the organisation and promotion of which will develop entrepreneurship capacity for the creative and cultural economy.

 

Activities

A – Involvement in LitFest 2018 programme: including workshops and performances of RM Borders/ Idioms of Distress outputs.

B – Extend and develop network of young artists into Zimbabwe using drama / improvisation for knowledge exchange/ impact

C – Develop multilingual entrepreneurship capacity for the creative and cultural economy.

Extended Summary & Powerpoints

This interdisciplinary project will diversify GCRF partnerships by working with a new set of stakeholders, in Zimbabwe. Working with innovative multilingual methods at the leading urban arts festival in Harare, LitFest, it expands work from existing grants into tourism, bringing greater impact and new audiences for the work. The project extends the network of young artists from AHRC/GCRF Grant: Idioms of Distress, translating impacts developed in a middle-income ODA country (Ghana) to low income ODA country. It uses drama and improvisation with multilingual entrepreneurship for the purposes of knowledge exchange/impact. Tourist sites and festivals are attended by elite groups with decision-making power and income: a crucial constituency for enhancing impacts and generating knowledge. The work expands networks from the rural context of the Dangbe Region of Ghana, to the urban context of Harare.

Activities

A – Involvement in LitFest 2018 programme: including workshops and performances of RM Borders/ Idioms of Distress outputs.

B – Extend and develop network of young artists into Zimbabwe using drama / improvisation for knowledge exchange/ impact

C – Develop multilingual entrepreneurship capacity for the creative and cultural economy.

Form and content of the arts, linguistic and cultural heritage work will address themes generated through multilingual participatory arts methods, identified as crucial to wellbeing. LitFest provides a platform for dissemination of major outputs from AHRC grants, including newly published creative performances. By working with CHIPAWO, a new partnership will be opened: developing cultural entrepreneurial capacity for the creative and cultural economy, and for the tourist sector. Dissemination through digital recording / livestreaming of LitFest and via UNESCO Creative Cities / World Heritage Sites brings the work to international audiences.


Timeline

LitFest Performances (Nov/Dec 18)

Masterclass with CHIPAWO (Nov/Dec 18)
Devising with CHIPAWO (Dec)
Performance at CHIPAWO (Feb)
Evaluation with LitFest and CHIPAW (Dec-Mar)

Impact & Evaluation

  • A log will be kept of all new partnerships, and their reach as organisations.
  • Films will be produced of performers and audience, participant and partner responses to the work staged
  • Two Research Producers will be managed by LitFest and CHIPAWO. They will assist in evaluating reach: audience numbers; participants; sales or distribution of hard copies or e copies of the outputs from AHRC RM Borders.

They will follow up with attendees and partners to document how the learning and engagements are shaping the leadership capacities of the young people. SDG 4 and SDG 17 will come in to play in this regard.


PI and Co-PIs - International Collaborators

Prof Alison Phipps - Principal Investigator (University of Glasgow, School of Education)

Mr Tawona Sitholé - Co-Investigator (University of Glasgow, School of Education)

Chirikure Chirikure - Co-Investigator (Director of LitFest, international literary Festival, Harare)

Stephen Chifunyise - Co-Investigator (Founder & Chairman of CHIPAWO)


Start and End Date

1 November 2018 – 31 March 2019


Funder and Funding Amount

UKRI GCRF 

Grant reference: TBC

Grant awarded: £49,076


Project News

For news and updates on the project please see the UNESCO-RILA website:  https://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/unesco/researchandengagement/researchprojects/


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