2013 was Good, we look forward to 2014
We came to an end of an eventful 2013! For the management and staff
at YEZI Arts it was always a rare opportunity to continue to contribute
to the growth of the creative industry in Zambia.
We endured a very busy twelve months implementing an array of activities.
Our strength continues to lie in the ultimate realization of our mission
- to be the preferred partner in the creative industry!
We continue to pursue this with passion, enthusiasm, commitment and
We started the year in earnest continuing with the momentum from 2012.
The re-hosting of the April International Theatre Festival was a landmark
achievement, and this took place in April.
we had new entries, namely: Mufulira Arts Society and Mwansabombwe Theatre
group. The latter two have accounted for themselves well. Mufulira Arts
Society, apart from the seasoned Chingola Arts Society, became one of the
most active clubs. Mwansabombwe Theatre group returned to Lusaka for
additional captivating shows with their play, Longo – which first showed
during the April festival. Mufulira Arts Society further played host to
the National Theatre Arts Association of Zambia senior performing arts
festival. YEZI Arts congratulates them for being a ‘baby-born-with teeth’!
products, which included six documentaries for government and civil society
organizations, a short-film (Budding Fields).
We also proceeded into working on a feature-length film, The Presidents
Job Description with a 72-member cast and crew! The production will be
launched on 18th February, 2014 at Ster-Kinekor, Arcades.
The radio program on Radio Pheonix, "Arts in Perspective" continued to be
a mouthpiece and platform for the arts in Zambia, reaching out to both new
and old listeners’. Of interest is that it continued through the year
marking four years of existence.
2014, the year is already a mouthful. We plan to embark on yet
another feature-length film, entitled ‘Before Dawn' (based on Andrea Masiye’s
authored book) in addition to a short-film, 'Kwachas and Dreams'.
This will be complimented by an additional four documentaries.
In March we invigorate and join hands with our annual hosts for the Kavalamanja
commemorations in Luangwa before hosting the 2014 April International Theatre
festival against a background of Zambia celebrating its 50 years of existence.
To achieve this, YEZI Arts has to be more resourceful and grow its investment
in a more sustainable way. As always, we look forward to collaborative efforts
in the implementation of these set of activities in 2014. Our primary focus will
be on increasing media products and advocacy.
Gratitude goes to all the stakeholders of YEZI Arts. The collective effort
helped in pursuing positive change in addressing various programming and
administrative issues in the industry.
To all our funding partners and supporters , your efforts were not in vain,
as the provided resources assisted YEZI Arts to contribute positively to
Zambia's creative industry.