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The Chinese Community and the Embassy in Zimbabwesuccessfully held the Dreamstar
2019/09/05

The 2019 Zimbabwe DreamstarFinals, sponsored by the China Africa Economic and Culture Exchange Research Center and the Jacaranda Culture and Media Corporation (JCMC) and co-organized by the Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe was successfully held at the Harare International Conference Center on August 31, 2019. Chinese AmbassadorGuo Shaochun and his wife, Counselor Wang Wei, Counselor Zhao Baogang, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Servicesin Zimbabwe Monica Mutsvangwa and more than 6000 Chinese and foreign VIPs watched the Finals.

 

Since the launch of the Dreamstar in April 20th, after strict selection, 17 players from all over the country entered the finals. 82 contestants performed the opening songs, and they ignited the enthusiasm of the audience with passionate dances and songs.Agile acrobatics thrilled the audience. The wonderful performances of the contestants invited the cheers and applause, bringing a high-level audio-visual art feast to the audience.

This is a long-awaited performance by Zimbabwean art youth, a performance that fully demonstrates the vitality and creativity of young African artists, a performance witnessing the friendship between China and Zimbabwe.

After two rounds of fierce competition, Ms. Monalisa took the lead and became the first female champion in the history of Dreamstar. She will join previous winners in a Dreamstar Art Troupe totravel to China for art exchange.

 

In his speech, Ambassador Guo Shaochun said that Dreamstar has become the flagship project of China-Zimbabwe cultural exchange, becoming a platform which aims to tap into and nurture Zimbabwe young people’s talents to help them reach their full potential through the arts. Many talents have been discovered through the programme and up to now, almost 200 of young Zimbabwean artists have got the chance to go to China for various events, functions, festivals and culture exchange programs. The Chinese government and the embassy in Zimbabwe have strongly supported the project. This year we awardedfull scholarships provided by the Chinese government to the six young artists who were selected from previous sessions of Dreamstar show. Ambassador Guo said that China will continue to support the China-Zimbabwe culture and people-to-people exchanges, promote the commonwealth of the people, and create opportunities for more Zimbabwean aspiring young people to realize their artistic dreams.

Ambassador Guo reviewed the glorious history and outstanding achievements of China in the past 70 years, emphasizing thatChina is not growing alone as it is fostering good relations and cooperation with African countries under the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and the Belt and Road Initiative for the mutual benefit of China and African countries, including Zimbabwe. China-Africa relationship is deeply rooted in our common quest for liberation, justice and independence. We have never attached any political conditions to the assistance to Africa. This is our basic principle.

Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Servieces, Monica Mutsvangwa, expressed the appreciation to the Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe and the overseas Chinese community for the outstanding contributions made to the cultural exchange between Zimbabwe and China. She said that the Dreamstar is an important platform for cultural exchanges in Zimbabwe and is known and loved increasingly in the nation. It provides valuable opportunities for young people torealize their dreams. The Zimbabwean side is willing to actively support the Dreamstar event, which will promote the development of Zimbabwean cultural undertakings and inject more impetus into the friendship between the two countries.

 

TheDreamstar has been held for 6 years in a row since 2014. The organizers collaborated with many universities in Zimbabwe to discover young people with artistic talents. The Dreamstar adheres to the tenet of actively integrating into the local society, promoting the development of local art and culture, and promoting the cultural exchange between China and Zimbawe, creating a stage for local youth to realize their artistic dreams. In the past 6 years, more than 50000 local youths have participated, more than 100000 people were involved. In 2015, President Xi Jinping spoke highly of the Dreamstar during his state visit to Zimbabwe. In 2018, the Dreamstar was selected as an excellent project for bilateral cultural exchanges under the framework of theBelt and Road Initiative.

Zimbabwean main stream media ZBC, Herald, Daily Newsand Daily News, Chinese Media Xinhua News Agency, China Media Groupcovered the event.

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