Botswana launches virtual art exhibition to mark 56th anniversary of independence

A woman takes pictures at the Samora Machel museum in Lobatse, about 70 km southeast of Gaborone, Botswana, April 14, 2022. The governments of Botswana and Mozambique on Thursday commissioned the museum of the late revolutionary leader of the movement of Mozambican Liberation and Mozambique. first President Samora Moises Machel in Botswana. (Photo by Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua)


A virtual art exhibition was launched Friday at the National Museum and Monuments, the main gallery in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital, to celebrate the 56th anniversary of Botswana’s independence.

Minister of Youth, Gender, Sports and Culture Tumiso Rakgare said at the ceremony that the online virtual exhibition opens up new digital avenues for local art and the digitization of artists’ works is an economic reform accompanied by innovative initiatives aimed at making the process of presenting products and creating brands easier.

“Virtual events have the advantage of being accessible from anywhere in the world. This means that artworks are easily showcased in international markets,” Rakgare said.

Rakgare said the creative industry has partnered with other economic sectors to support job creation and open doors for trade, cultural exchanges and partnerships with the rest of the world, creating opportunities for economic diversification. .

He urged local artists to use the platform to expand their market bases for their products, which will help them improve their livelihoods and increase their dominance in the sector’s contribution to economic growth and overall gross domestic product. .

Botswana Independence Day is a national holiday observed in Botswana on September 30 each year. The Day is observed during the celebration of Botswana’s declaration of independence from the United Kingdom on September 30, 1966. End

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