managed by V. Moyo
A Zimbabwean Arts NGO that operates Book Café and Mannenberg performing arts venues, stages 900 arts events annually and manages the widest-ranging arts development program in Zimbabwe, in the framework of Harare Culture House, a multi-disciplinary community arts centre. Pamberi Trust is founded on the belief that the arts are critical in shaping values in society. Cognisant of the economic potential of the arts and the need to create free, diverse means of cultural expression; Pamberi Trust exists as an enabling facility, by which all performing artists and producers of culture can develop, perform their works, and participate in building the nation. 1200 artists work in Pamberi Trust programs.
Pamberi Trust represents the single largest arts platform in Zimbabwe. However the NGO is not large or well-resourced. Its strength lies in innovation and strategic use of its resources. The level of output and audience development is achieved by a ‘hybrid partnership’ between a development NGO (Pamberi Trust) and two venues (The Book Café and The Mannenberg) which are currently 80% self-sustaining.
The venue turnover is applied such that it effectively serves development outcomes. The venues provide staging, rehearsal space, workshop and training facilities, office space, services, support staff, café space that is de facto the ‘artists meeting place’ free of charge for the artists and at a fraction of the cost (less than one-tenth, 10%), that it would ordinarily take to hire these staging and workshop facilities. The balance (90%) is in fact funded by the income turnover from the venues.
Pamberi Trust is an independent charitable trust in Zimbabwe, governed by constitution, and under authority of a Board of Trustees since25.12.1980 (Reg No CF 72/84). Pamberi Trust is registered as an arts association with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, and affiliated through a memorandum of understanding with the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust, and the Arterial Network.
Pamberi Trust is founded on the belief that the arts are critical in shaping values that reflect society. Cognisant of the economic potential of the arts and the need to create free, diverse means of cultural expression; Pamberi Trust exists as an enabling facility, by which all performing artists and producers of culture may develop, promote and perform their works, and participate in building the nation.
• promote new indigenous artistic talent
• provide training and development for artists
• promote freedom of expression in the arts
• facilitate venues and events for performing artists
• organize festivals for music and performing arts
• operate retail outlets for material culture products
• promote literature, written and published in Africa
• provide information on culture in Zimbabwe
Pamberi Trust project staff complement contains a wide-ranging skills base including arts and events coordination, publicity and promotion, technical support and financial management. The project will be managed by Ian White, Operations Manager with the assistance of Penny Yon, Arts Administrator, implemented by a team of projects officers, all under the auspices of Paul Brickhill as Creative Director.