RE/CALLING Siachilaba

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ReCalling RE/Calling Siachilaba, that’s how Peter Kuthan calls his future undertakings within the Austria Zimbabwe Friendship Association (ARGEZIM).

Yesterday evening we had the pleasure at the Time’s Up labs to get an insight in what will be included in that, well, “activity package”. There are already a range of steps taken to accomplish plans for the next few months.

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“Tales Of Resilience” at Afropea Now!

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Afropea Now - Booklet

An international festival, addressing social, cultural, historical and artistic interaction of African and European cultures in a global world regardless of national boundaries. Organised through Sandra Kramplhuber and held by Stadtwerkstatt.

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A truly outstanding and significant event Linz offers this autumn. Thoughtful and considerate, contemporary highly relevant as well as exhilarating and wicked in the type of contributions!

Still – there is one point of criticism (exclusively selfish spoken!) – namely the instant of time! Afropea Now! overlaps exactly with the set-up and exhibition dates of Lucid Peninsula at the Intimate Spaces Festival in Hainburg. Hence we won’t be able to attend.

Only the piece “Tales of Resilience” will be there…. What is certainly great in itself, nevertheless a real loss for us not being able to experience a great selection of movie-screenings, concerts, talks, workshops, etc.

Lets hope for the best: a next…

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Official Opening Tales Of Resilience

After weeks of designing, building and programming, further weeks of travel, interviews, learning about Zimbabwean history and culture, about the Tonga, the Ndebeli, the Shona and the interrelations between them and the other 13 cultures existing in Zimbabwe, hearing stories about survival, the mundane, the spiritual and the practical, after all these new ideas and influences, we reach the crux of the matter: the opening.

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Everything between majestic and frightening

We did it on our second day in Zimbabwe – we just had to do it again on our second last day. Being good, proper tourists. And it was worthwhile. Seeing all these animals (most of us haven’t seen them before) in extensive national parks was just such an great experience! And – we had the chance to escape “city life” for a little while.

We can’t help ourselves, even if this is a “working-type” blog – we share a few of these impressive creatures with you!

Time to say Good Bye

On the road again

It’s time to leave the rural areas behind us and approach the urbanized ones. All three of us, individually, spent some time last night saying good by the calm- and mightiness of Kariba lake. All experiences, tales and anecdotes here left us with unforgettable impressions, a recorded collection of tales, songs, traditional performances and a tremendous lot of images (digitally as well as as virtually in our heads).

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Happy Birthday Luumuno

Luumuno Birthday

It is only through Luumuno’s great help in interpretation and communication that we are able to listen to all these tales and anecdotes in this part of the world – and it happens to be her birthday today! Happy Birthday to you!

Busy with official meetings

Peter Kuthan, Werner Puntigam, Franz Hautzinger & Isabelle Duthoit arrived to Mlibizi yesterday evening. As scheduled by Basilwizi Trust we went to great and respect the deceased chief family of the Siachilaba community. A bit of a walk through the bush, the crossing of a river brought us to the homestead of them.
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Another part of Binga district

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Networking, collecting more tales and sight-seeing, all packed in a single day. We left early morning to Binga, the district capital – if we understand it right. First stop was the head office of Basilwizi Trust, the Zimbabwean co-organisation of “Tales of Resilience”, followed by enjoying the world of internet-connectivity, a bit of restocking, posting our “snail-mail” and visiting the hot-springs close to Binga.

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Continuing processing the interviews

Re-listening the interviews taken in the last days is doubtless more intense than taking them. The details, with them the strength of the statements, the tales and traditions get more and more clear while editing.

Other things happening today:

– we learnt (beside of so many other things) the water in the Kariba lake could supply greater London for 300 hundred years.
– we finally saw the hippos

Caffeine – any chance?

1404_20_processing_21We are processing the material collected the former days since we are here in Siachilaba. From a far distance we hear the music being played in the shops at the road, often drowned by all sorts of bird-sounds and occasionally distracted through boats, ferries and canoes crossing or floating along the Zambezi river – right in front of our little huts we staying in.

What else could there be to wish for as for working place??? Okay, a bit more caffeine could help in certain moments…

Independence Day

“Listening to the radio and drinking a lot of beer” sounds like an international response to national days. “We laid down our weapons” is part of it too, “the day when we obtained our freedom,” when “it’s fun to be 34,” “we are very happy about it,” and we are “happy and rejoicing” and “dancing a lot, that we forget that we will die.”

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