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SADC week to promote African culture
September 30, 2018, 1:40 pm

A first of its kind SADC (Southern Africa Development Community) Cultural week will be held in Kuwait from 30 September to 4 October. The event is being organised to enhance relations between the SADC region and Kuwait through cultural exchanges and the promotion of people to people cooperation, trade, investment and tourism.

Briefing the press, the Ambassador of Botswana, H.E. Manyepedza P. Lesetedi, gave a detailed overview of the activities that will take place and also the aims and objectives of the SADC. Embassies of SADC nations accredited to and based in Kuwait: Botswana, Comoros, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe will be participating in the week-long activities.

The event will kick off on Sunday, 30 September at the Modern Art Museum in Kuwait City and will showcase arts and crafts from the region. Artists who include sculptors, painters and designers will be on hand to explain and impress upon the guests in their own words the inspiration behind their art. The exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to witness first-hand African artefacts that are full of tradition and symbolism. The exhibition will continue until 4 October.

The following day a musical program will be held at the Abdulreda Theatre in Salmiya, once again the people of Kuwait will be able to experience and enjoy lively African music from the region.

Throughout the week activities such as food festival, community service, music and art and handicrafts will be showcased at different venues creating a people-to-people exchange that introduces the rich culture of the SADC region.

Over 286 million people reside in the SADC region and they are proud of their culture and heritage. Bringing SADC to Kuwait is a first of its kind attempt to introduce the region to the people of Kuwait including encouraging tourists to visit and also to attract investors to take advantage of the vast opportunities in the large market.

As a powerful and important regional bloc in Africa, SADC objectives are to achieve economic development, peace and security and growth, as well as enhance the standard and quality of life of the people of Southern Africa.

- Staff Report

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