MUFULIRA district commissioner Beatrice Mithi has called on corporate institutions in her district to help restore theatrical activities at Mufulira Little Theatre.
In an interview after the official opening of the National Theatre Arts Association of Zambia ( NATAAZ) festival in Mufulira on Thursday afternoon, Mithi said there were many companies within the district that could help lift the face of theatre.
She commended Mopani Copper Mines for assisting in renovating the once abandoned theatre house and urged other institutions to emulate the mining company.
"Mopani alone is not enough, we are looking at other companies like Olympic Milling, Chipolopolo, because this place is big, it equally has a bar and a restaurant, hence if more companies came on board, renovations would be finished way before the stipulated time," she stressed.
Mithi said her district had a lot of talent which needed to be harnessed and used well.
She called on youths in Mufulira to make use of the theatre house to showcase their skills, adding that theatre could create a lot of jobs if well managed.
"Most of the national leaders in the arts industry started performing when they were still very young and I see a lot of talent from churches and from the streets of Mufulira, so let them come and join others," she said.
Mithi also appealed to veteran artistes like Mumba Kapumpa and others that emerged from the little theatre stage to support and help bring back artistic skills in the district.
Earlier, Ministry of Tourism and Arts director of arts and culture Victor Makashi, who was the guest of honour, said the arts in Zambia were at a turning point.
He said the National Arts, Culture and Heritage Commission Bill which was expected to benefit all the artists in the country should be tabled in the next sitting of the National Assembly.
"Everything has been done, the legislative committee of Cabinet looked at it two weeks ago, so what is remaining is just taking the bill to Parliament for enactment," said Makashi.
The opening ceremony was punctuated by entertaining activities such as cultural dances and poetry by Mufulira Arts Council.