Artists have challenged the government to consider setting up an arts lottery fund aimed at assisting artists to showcase themselves beyond the country’s borders.

The artists took their time to present a plethora of challenges to the Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation, Kazembe Kazembe during a stakeholders meeting held in Harare.

Renowned poet, Albert Nyathi called for the creation of a lottery fund as is the case in other countries like South Africa.

“This is the time to set up the lottery fund which was mooted long back,” Nyathi said.

The national arts lottery is a fund aimed at promoting the preservation and development of arts, culture and heritage in order to empower communities and enable artists to showcase their work internationally.

Through the arts lottery fund, local artists may become cultural ambassadors who scoop high accolades on the international scene.

Sculptor Dominic Benhura, musician Oliver Mtukudzi, theatre guru Cont Mhlanga and playwright Tsitsi Dangarembwa are some of the local artists who have stolen the limelight on the international stage.