Arts can create jobs - Kapata

Tourism Minister Jean Kapata says government
recognizes the role that theatre plays in the creation of employment
in the country.

Ms Kapata said community theatre also plays an important role in
addressing the many issues affecting the country such as health, 
education and HIV/AIDS prevention among others.

The Minister said this in a speech read on her behalf by her Deputy
Minister Esther Banda during the official closure of a global workshop
on theatre for development which attracted more than 70 participants
from 18 countries around the world.

Ms Kapata said the workshop initiative was timely as it complements the
Ministry’s strategic plan that aims at developing arts and culture by
2030 and use it as a source of employment.

The Minister also disclosed that government has decided to create an arts
, culture and heritage commission to necessitate the development of the
national arts, culture and heritage Act that will empower and operationalize
the commission.

Speaking at the same occasion, Africa Directions Executive Director, Mark Chilongu said the global workshop is aimed at facilitating a critical review and
participatory development of principles, guidelines and strategies to
strengthen the application and impact of participatory theatre for
community empowerment and behavioural change.

And UNICEF Country Representative, Dr. Hamid El-BASHIR Ibrahim said
theatre for development is one avenue that can be used to address many human rights issues and other matters affecting different
countries in order to influence positive change and social transformation.