Current Events

Current activities and events, press coverage, workshops...

Music Computer Workshop

The workshop "Music + computer for future cultural heritage" at Binga ITC was held by two composers, Klaus Hollinetz from Linz / Austria and Keith Goddard from Harare. It started on Wednesday 17th September and ended with a short presentation of the outcome for the 3rd Binga ITC stakeholders seminar on Saturday 20th September. Participants were music teachers and artists from all over Binga area and from as far as Bulawayo, Victoria Falls and Choma / Zambia.

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Project receives Special Award for Communication with Museums

Austria Zimbabwe Friendship Association / Argezim is proud to present and invite you to celebrating


On Wednesday, 5th December 2001, 6 the DEPOT "Kunst und Diskussion / art and discussion" series

Breite Gasse 3, 1070 Vienna / Austria

TONGA.ONLINE is part of an ongoing cultural exchange programme between Austria and Zimbabwe. From April to November this year, the Tonga.Online project room was established within (and challenging the concept of)  the exhibition "Tracing the Rainbow" at Schlossmuseum in Linz / Austria. 

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Press conference at the Landesmuseum

Tonga.Online project in media limelight: The Tonga.Online project was presented to a wider audience during a press conference at the Landesmuseum in Linz / Upper Austria on Friday last week. Dr. Peter Assmann from Landesmuseum introduced and  Peter Kuthan, Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber explained the project and concept of the webdesign.

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First phase of Tonga.Online - a resounding success

The first temporary deployment of a mobile Internet Centre - The Big Blue Van (BBV) of World Links for Development Programme - in the Tonga area is over. That's the sad news. The good news is that this first phase of the Tonga.Online Project has met an overwhelming and enthusiastic response from all parts of the Tonga community. 

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Buy a Brick Campaign for an Internet Centre in the Tonga Area!

The artists having signed this appeal support the Tonga.Online Project, which aims to establish an Internet access for the Tonga people who live in the remote border area of Zimbabwe.

The projects immediate objective is to contribute to the establishment of  Internet Centers at Binga Highschool and Siachilaba Primary School. In the long run it will facilitate easier access to education and provide a permanent platform for communication and information for this marginalized ethnic minority. Furthermore the project should also enable the Tonga to better expose and present their culture and their music in Zimbabwe and world-wide, as well as to encourage an exchange with other peoples. Considering the actual severe crisis in Zimbabwe, this is of great importance for the life and survival of the Tonga people.

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"Whose Images?" Panel Discussion: Strategies of Representation and Access

 Invitation to Paneldiscussion WHOSE IMAGES - WESSEN BILDER? Strategies of representation and access - 3 artistic approaches

With: Candice Breitz (SA / USA) Sabine Bitter / Helmut Weber (Vienna) Oliver Ressler (Vienna) Moderation: Jeff  Derksen (New York / Vienna)

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Visit of African rap poet Lesego Rampolokeng / coverage on Ö1, ORF

LOOK AND LISTEN  - forthcoming events / Austrian side

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Austrian journalists visit Binga and Siachilaba

Three Austrian journalists, Mr. Robert Bilek and Thomas Schneider of Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF and Mr. Andreas Felber of The Standard newspaper will visit Binga and Siachilaba on 11th/12th April.

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Cultural Exchange

Cultural exchange has the potential to contribute to mutual understanding and tolerance, to strengthen diversity of opinion and to promote debate on socially relevant topics. It helps to move away from the clichees of poverty and wealth to adress the root causes of imbalanced access to resources and social injustice. Cultural exchange is inspiring friendship and solidarity amongst people thus encouraging forces which are able to confront these problems as global challenges. It helps to create alternative structures and networks in civil society and facilitates participation in political life. It releases creative energy and triggers fresh stimuli in local and international art work and development cooperation.

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