For Working In Culture And Development, This Zimbabwean Group Just Received A Dutch Award

On 2 December, the 2015 Prince Claus Awards took place at the Royal Palace Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

The Prince Claus Awards honour outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development and are presented annually to individuals, groups and organisations whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their societies.

 2015 Prince Claus Awards Image Via: Embassy of the Netherlands in Zimbabwe

The awards highlight significant contributions in regions where resources or opportunities for cultural expression, creative production and preservation of cultural heritage are limited.

For the 2015 Prince Claus Awards, a total of 103 nominations were received and researched eventually culminating into an in-depth assessments of 38 shortlisted candidates after which 11 recipients for the 2015 Prince Claus
Awards were selected.

AMAKHOSI Theatre Centre, Inxusa Theatre AwardsImage Via: SouthernEye.co.zw

Amakhosi Theatre Cultural Organisation received recognition and was awarded for its engaging, humorous and perceptive portrayals of the struggles of ordinary people; for mentoring and supporting critical voices and empowering people to shape their own future; for extraordinary resilience in upholding the value of art in society; for putting the needs of the community at the heart of their activities; and for creating courage, reflection and laughter in a difficult context.

Cont Mhlanga receiving Prince Claus Award Image Via: Embassy of the Netherlands in Zimbabwe

Based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Amakhosi Cultural Centre has activated the
country’s performing arts for more than 30 years, training several generations in theatre, dance, music,
video/film and arts management. Founding director Cont Mhlanga received the award on their behalf.

Well done Amakhosi.