Lack of fund­ing damp­ens Int­wasa prepa­ra­tions

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Dou­glas Ncube Show­biz Reporter

PREPA­RA­TIONS for this year’s Int­wasa Arts Fes­ti­val koBu­l­awayo are on course de­spite the fund­ing chal­lenges be­ing faced due to the pre­vail­ing eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion, fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Raise­don Baya has said.

The 12th edi­tion of the fes­ti­val, which is to be held from Septem­ber 26 to Oc­to­ber 1, will run un­der the theme “Ex­pres­sions”.

Baya said fund­ing for the fes­ti­val was not good enough when com­pared to pre­vi­ous years.

“This year there’ll be no big acts be­cause there has been a de­cline in fund­ing from spon­sors. The de­pressed econ­omy is the ma­jor prob­lem. This, how­ever, has not de­terred us from pre­par­ing for the fes­ti­val as a full pro­gramme will be out dur­ing the course of this week,” said Baya.

At the be­gin­ning of the year Baya said they were tar­get­ing 30 000 vis­i­tors to the fes­ti­val, a fig­ure he said looked dif­fi­cult to reach in light of the de­cline in fund­ing.

“Our tar­get was 30 000 at the be­gin­ning of the year. Although this fig­ure now looks im­pos­si­ble to reach, we are still op­ti­mistic on get­ting it. Peo­ple need crowd pullers as head­line acts and a huge pro­gramme that they can look for­ward to,” said Baya.

Ac­cord­ing to teasers re­leased, the pop­u­lar Women, Words and Wine, is on the pro­gramme with songstress Nkwali head­lin­ing the show on Septem­ber 27.

In the­atre, award-win­ning Umkhathi The­atre Works will show­case a play “War­rior” at the Bu­l­awayo The­atre on Septem­ber 29.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the Bu­l­awayo Mu­sic Car­ni­val, Baya hinted there would be a con­cert that will fea­ture lo­cal artistes.

“We have an event that we call Cel­e­brate Bu­l­awayo which is a con­cert. Ten­ta­tively we want to have a con­cert that has lo­cally based artists just like the Bu­l­awayo Mu­sic Car­ni­val,” said Baya.

Baya added the venues for the fes­ti­val events were al­ready se­cured, such as the Large City Hall car park, Bu­l­awayo The­atre, Bu­l­awayo Rain­bow Ho­tel, Na­tional Art Gallery of Zim­babwe in Bu­l­awayo and Bu­l­awayo Club.

The Int­wasa Arts Fes­ti­val koBu­l­awayo brings to­gether mem­bers of the pub­lic and artists from around the world with the aim of cel­e­brat­ing the arts, pro­mot­ing cul­tural her­itage and tourism, and also cre­at­ing new mar­kets for lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists through col­lab­o­ra­tions and part­ner­ships.

The fes­ti­val con­sists of dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties such as per­for­mances, ex­hi­bi­tions, pub­lic read­ings, book launches, work­shops, com­pe­ti­tions and also schools pro­gram. The ac­tiv­i­ties will take place over six days, in seven venues and show­cas­ing fifty events.


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