Local and international delegates in the art, culture and heritage industries are converged in Harare to deliberate important issues surrounding the future and history of art and culture from Africa.

The second edition of the International Conference of African Cultures (ICAC) kicked off this Monday (yesterday) at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe with more than 10 African countries represented.

The main aim of the conference is to chart ways in which institutions, artists, governments, academics and practitioners engaging with the continent will further art and culture development.

Representative of the guest of honour Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mr Clifford Sibanda who is the Minister of State in his office highlighted the need for the preservation of the vibrant African cultural heritage.

The Minister of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage, Cde Abednico Ncube said the ministry remains committed in the developing the local art and culture.

Portland Premium Cement (PPC) who is the major partner of the conference launched the PPC Imaginarium, an ambitious modern art and design competition aimed at providing emerging artists and designers with an opportunity to showcase their talents through the medium of concrete.

The Inaugural Congress of African Culture took place at the National Gallery in 1962.

The conference which marks ICAS’s 60th anniversary is running under the theme “Mapping the Future”.