Africa Cultural Festival eyes new record

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 Tawanda Marwizi

The 2019 edition of the African Cultural Festival roars into life on Saturday next week at the Huddinge Gymnasium Aula in Stockholm, Sweden amid high hopes the annual event  will be bigger than previous editions.

Zimbabwean artist Luckson Chikutu, also known as Manluckerz, has his book “Flash Back Identities” billed for exhibition at the international event.

In a statement, organisers of the event The Africa International Network (Al-TV Network) said this year’s festival promises to be bigger and better as they celebrate the diversity of cultures on the African continent.

The showcase, according to Al-TV Network, aims to celebrate the multifaceted character of Sweden’s African Diaspora.

It also seeks to recognize Africans living in Sweden who are engaged in exceptional humanitarian and other programs on the continent.

“This will be done through the awarding of Certificates of Acknowledgment to deserving individuals and showcase Africa’s cultural diversity through cultural performances,” reads part of the statement.

The festival has several activities lined up including fashion parades, art exhibitions, book presentations and music performances.

In an interview, Chikutu, who specializes in traditional music, said the event was one of the biggest platforms to showcase the Zimbabwean culture.

“This is one of the biggest platforms where we will be showcasing our culture as Zimbabweans. Both the book and my performances will give the audience an insight into the Zimbabwean culture,” he said.

Traditional Zimbabwean music, with a fusion of mbira and tradition drum, is one of the most recognized genres in the world.

The fusion of the mbira and traditional drum produces unique sounds making the beat acceptable across races.

Chikutu said participants at the festival were also aiming high as cultural ambassadors of their countries.

“Every artist should understand that there are cultural ambassadors for their respective countries so we need to work hard to put our country on the spotlight,” he said.

The Africa Cultural Festival is one of the biggest events in Sweden attracting more than 500 participants and diplomats from several African countries.

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