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Meet Butholezwe Kgosi Nyathi (Zimbabwe; 2017 ISPA Fellow)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Butholezwe Kgosi NyathiToday we are highlighting 2017 Fellow Butholezwe Kgosi Nyathi, Programs Manager at Amagugu International Heritage Centre, Zimbabwe. Through this role, Butholezwe is currently leading a team to develop a Heritage Festival which will promote Zimbabwe’s cultural heritage supporting the work and projects of the country’s marginalized creatives. The new festival scheduled to launch August 2017.

Butholezwe’s favorite part about working in the performing arts field is that “the creative landscape is ideal for mental stimulation as there is always a constant search for new approaches to artistic presentations. The quest to think in other terms is often translated to everyday human endeavor and that is ideal in crafting solutions to human challenges. And yes the arts are fun - who doesn't want to have fun at their workplace?”

When asked what he specifically hopes to contribute to the international field of performing arts in his career, Butholezwe noted “I’m keen to share the complexities of arts administration and attendant adaptive mechanisms from a Zimbabwean perceptive characterised by capital deficiency. I'm also keen to facilitate systematic promotion of Zimbabwean performance artists as one of the strategies towards international profiling of the local cultural landscape - using performance arts to promote a positive image of Africa.”

Butholezwe attended the New York 2017 ISPA Congress thanks to the generous support of ISPA’s Fellowship Patron and Challenge donors. When asked about the impact of his first ISPA experience, Butholeszwe shared: “The ISPA Congress struck me as a high profile meeting place of leaders in the global creative industry value chain and presents a fantastic networking opportunity for emerging arts administrators like myself. ISPA has enhanced my international connections and profile.”

Read more about Butholezwe’s experience at ISPA in this recent article in the Zimbabwean weekly paper The Sunday News.


In 2017, ISPA brought 56 Fellows from around the world to the New York Congress. We know it’s impossible to meet all these emerging leaders onsite so we’re highlighting the 2017 Fellows in features via the members-only monthly Network and on the website.


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