A VISIT TO THE CULTURAL FESTIVAL HELD AT THE MARANGE COMMUNITY MUSEUM – SEPT. 15TH 2017
A report based on the findings of Dr Robert McLaren a.k.a. Robert Mshengu Kavanagh during a field assessment commissioned by the Jeweltree foundation.
The festival took place on 15th September, 2017. Dr McLaren was accompanied on his visit to the event by Tamuka Kanyika, who was tasked to conduct interviews with the young people attending the event in order to assess their views on the event and the museum itself. McLaren and Kanyanga toured the museum, which has experienced expansion, in the company of the owner and founder of the museum, Rodwell Marange, now, on the death of his father, the ishe of the district, and Dr Mupira, the Director of the Mutare Provincial Museum, and another official from the museum, Mr Makonye.
When the festival eventually got underway, Dr McLaren attended its activities and performances while Mr Kanyika conducted fourteen interviews with young men and women, boys and girls who attended the event.
The views of the children and young people proved to be very helpful – and they confirmed Dr McLaren‟s own view that not a great deal has changed over the years owing to lack of support. There is an urgent need for the museum to receive financial support, material resources and technical assistance as well as to plan creatively for greater diversity and effectiveness.
The full report can be downloaded here: