‘Cul­ture Week a boon for artistes’

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mot­samai Mokotjo

ARTISTES have been urged to take ad­van­tage of the first an­nual Arts, In­no­va­tion and Cul­ture Week sched­uled for 21 - 26 Septem­ber to show­case their wares.

Speak­ing to the Week­ender this week, Le­sotho Arts In­no­va­tion and Cul­ture Sec­re­tary, Rele­bo­hile Le­meke, said they would pro­vide a plat­form for artists to ex­hibit their prod­ucts dur­ing the event since it also co­in­cides with the host­ing of the South­ern African In­ter Mu­nic­i­pal Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (SAIMSA) games.

“Our aim is for visi­tors to buy prod­ucts from artistes and also dur­ing art ex­hi­bi­tions around Maseru. The Arts, In­no­va­tion and Cul­ture Week in­ter­sects with other fes­ti­vals, and artists will firstly per­form at our event and then later pro­ceed to the Morija Arts and Cul­tural Fes­ti­val,” Le­meke said.

He said artist de­vel­op­ment would also be ex­plored dur­ing the week, with a sym­po­sium equip­ping the artists with the skills of how to sell their prod­ucts, make use of the in­ter­net and the tenets of copy­right law among oth­ers.

Le­meke also im­plored Ba­sotho artistes to show­case Le­sotho’s unique cul­ture and iden­tity to ef­fec­tively mar­ket the coun­try through tourism, arts and in­no­va­tion.

“We have a unique cul­ture dif­fer­ent from the Swazis and Batswana, and those that have ex­pe­ri­enced those cul­tures shouldn’t feel like they know about ours,” he said.

“The premise of the Cul­ture Week is to di­ver­sify the tourism prod­uct lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally and reignit­ing the love for cul­ture, mu­sic per­for­mance arts and so­cial struc­ture.”

Le­meke added that gov­ern­ment had shown its com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing the Cul­ture Week’s suc­cess by del­e­gat­ing Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Chief­tain­ship Pon­tšo ‘Ma­tumelo Seka­tle and Min­is­ter of Tourism, Likeleli Tam­pane to co­or­di­nate SAIMSA and the Cul­ture Week.

Asked what they are ex­pect­ing from the Arts, In­no­va­tion and Cul­ture Week, he said: “Sup­port from peo­ple; to recog­nise the value of art, spend time in ex­hi­bi­tions and watch per­for­mances and no­tice the vi­brancy of Maseru.”

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