A Night of Glamour at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe

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From the Romantic Era, the renowned poet and painter, William Blake once wrote on the intertwining relationships of the cosmos, and the universal conventions of habitat and the compassion that it attached therein;  "The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.".

  On a warm summer's night, at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, The Italian Embassy in Harare and the Friends of the Gallery held a Masked Ball under the theme Your Nest is My Nest. This momentous occasion took place on Saturday the First of October 2016 and was be graced by a wide array of luminaries from all strata of society,  the cause being supporting the Gallery's efforts to preserve the nation's Permanent Collection.the ball2
The Fundraising effort this year was focused on celebrating birds and their habitats and the organizers fused the theme with a Venetian-styled masked ball where guests came veiled as their favorite birds, while enjoying an exciting evening of delicious Italian food from Little Eataly Restaurant, prosecco and great music provided by ZimboIta. A live auction facilitated by Brian Makwabarara of Hammer and Tongues Auctions took place on the evening, with works by Virginia Chihota, Portia Zvavahera, Admire Kamudzengerere, Franklin Dzingai and Lillian Magodi being sold for the good of the cause!

Funds raised at this auspicious event will be used to maintain the National Gallery's Permanent Collection. Art is a national treasure that needs the public's help in order to be preserved for its intrinsic value and for the enjoyment of future generations. On that night, a surprise guest; the lovely Kirsty Coventry, made an appearance and  

Amid the glamour and glitz there is the underlying power of relationships, and the bond between Zimbabwe and Italy will be perceived through the flourishing infusion of Italian culture in a Zimbabwean landscape; a tale of two countries embracing understanding through song, dance and art. The Masked Ball also served as a curtain-raiser for the annual Musica Festival with Italian Opera from Mehmet Turkay and Molly Dzangare enthralling the guests with their bel canto.

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