2016 Int­wasa fest be­gins

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BU­L­AWAYO’s pre­mier arts fi­esta, Int­wasa Arts Fes­ti­val KoBu­l­awayo, roars to life to­day with artistes from across the coun­try and be­yond con­verg­ing in the city for six days of po­ten­tially m e m or a b l e per­for­mances.

The 12th edi­tion of the fes­ti­val will run un­til Oc­to­ber 1 un­der the theme, Ex­pres­sions.

Lo­cal and re­gional artists, cul­tural ac­tivists and art lovers will con­verge to cel­e­brate hu­man diver­sity through dance, theatre, jazz, world mu­sic, vis­ual arts, crafts, po­etry, com­edy, com­pe­ti­tions and work­shops.

Arts en­thu­si­asts will be spoilt for choice with more than 40 events lined up in five dif­fer­ent venues across the city.

Un­like most years when the open­ing cer­e­mony will be held at the begin­ning of the sec­ond day of the fes­ti­val, this year be­cause of lim­ited re­sources the open­ing cer­e­mony will be held on Fri­day. The Large City Hall car park will host the Ing­webu main stage for two days in­stead of the nor­mal six be­cause of fi­nan­cial con­straints. As a re­sult the open­ing cer­e­mony has been shelved and been re­placed by an open­ing act by var­i­ous artistes. Ac­cord­ing to or­gan­is­ers it boiled down to lim­ited re­sources be­cause of a de­pressed econ­omy that has forced cor­po­rates to cut spend­ing ear­marked for the arts. “When­ever com­pa­nies face fi­nan­cial con­straints the world over their sup­port to the arts is the one that they cut first. With us it’s the same. We’re how­ever happy that the fes­ti­val is on th is year,” said fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Raise­don Baya.

On the open­ing day pupils are ex­pected to pack the Bu­l­awayo Theatre to watch their set books The sun will rise again and Mas­ter Harold & the Boys. In the evening an exhibition of Shake­speare’s works will be held at the Na­tional Gallery of Zim­babwe in Bu­l­awayo. To­mor­row evening it’s the Women Wine and Words show at the same venue. It will fea­ture per­for­mances from Nk­wali, Eve Kawaza, Lady Tshawe, Char­ity Utete, Ti­nashe and fe­male poet Nobuntu.

In the af­ter­noon the Plan high schools drama com­pe­ti­tion will be held at the Bu­l­awayo Theatre.

On Wed­nes­day, a must-at­tend is the Spring Jazz show at Bu­l­awayo Rain­bow Ho­tel with Pru­dence Katomeni-Mbo­fana, Rute Mbangwa, Donna N, Lady Tshawe, Rudo Amor and the Out­fit Band.

On Thurs­day evening the Com­edy Night is the main at­trac­tion with UK co­me­dian Viv Groskop, Babongile Sikhon­jwa, Q the Boss, Ntando Van Moyo, Gonyeti and Doc Vikela.

Cle­ment Mag­waza will en­ter­tain rev­ellers on the Ing­webu stage on Fri­day along­side Jah Prayzah’s pro­tégé Andy Muridzo.

Shut­ting down the fes­ti­val on Satur­day is the Bu­l­awayo Bayethe con­cert that will fea­ture per­for­mances by San­dra Nde­bele, Mzoe 7, Gu­luva 7, DJs Mzoe, Sweeto and Slamma, Iyasa, As­aph, POY, Ndux Ju­nior and Ram­sey. — @ bon­ganinkunzi

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