Opening of Dept of Arts and Culture in Mkushi cheers craftsmen

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—Traditional Arts Craftsmen in Mkushi have commended Government for opening up an office for the Department of Arts and Culture in the district.

Beenwell Kashika of Bantu Heritage Arts and Blacksmith stated this to ZANIS yesterday on behalf of Traditional Arts Craftsmen.

Mr Kashika said the move to extend this department to Mkushi district had cheered the makers of traditional arts, saying the development had been long awaited.

He observed that the move would impact positively on efforts aimed at preserving and spreading knowledge related to culture towards platforms such as schools and colleges.

He said the newly opened department was expected to be very instrumental in achieving these objectives, adding that traditional arts would benefit a lot from facilitation roles of that department.

Mr Kashika also mentioned that the introduction of the Arts and Culture Depart would serve as vital link between the Lala as well as Swaka ethnic groups in the district with the central government policy makers.

According to the district administration, government recently introduced the Department of Arts and Culture into the district and an officer is said to have been deployed to man the office.