Zimbabwe has a rich cultural diversity which should be upheld.

This would be the point of reference during the Culture Week commemorations which are held from 19 to 25 May in all provinces.

 Dance occupies a crucial place in the Zimbabwean culture.

 Twelve prominent traditional dances in Zimbabwe are Shangara, Mbira, Dinhe, Mbakumba, Muchongoyo, Jerusarema, Mhande, Isitschikitsha, Amabhiza, Ingquza, Chinyobera and Ngungu, all which compliment the country’s rich intangible cultural heritage.

 Outside dance, Zimbabwe boasts of norms of values which bind it as a people and as the 2018 Culture Week explodes next week the main aim would be to see to the protection and promotion of these diverse cultural expressions.

 National Arts Council of Zimbabwe spokesperson Catherine Mthombeni says the Culture Week will be punctuated with various activities with a magnificent official national launch set to herald commencement of the celebrations at Harare Gardens on 19 May.

 The Harare Metropolitan province will be this year’s host province for the national celebrations taking over from Mashonaland Central which hosted the celebrations last year at Nyava High School in Bindura rural.

 The launch marks the beginning of the celebration of the importance of cultural diversity throughout the country through various cultural and artistic expressions.

 This year a children’s programme has also been scheduled.