Spotlight on Zimbabwe
THURS 7 NOVEMBER 2019, 6.30PM
CENTRE FOR STORIES
Zimbabwe is a country with a chequered history of struggle and triumph. Since attaining independence from British colonial rule in 1980, the country has been governed by the Zimbabwean African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF). The country’s “First Republic” lasted for 37 years under former president Robert Mugabe and came to an end through a military coup in November 2017. This ushered in the post-Mugabe “Second Republic”, colloquially referred to as “the new dispensation”. This troubled history has influenced and produced a rich tradition of storytelling. Join intellectual Tinashe Jakwe and members of the Perth Zimbabwean community for an evening focusing on the role of the arts in the ongoing struggle to realise the fruits of independence.
‘Spotlight on Zimbabwe’ is part of PEN Perth’s ’Spotlight’ series where we focus on the contemporary plight of writers, artists and journalists in countries experiencing hardship and how that might effect responsible freedom of expression, media censorship, and political interference.