Int­wasa Fes­ti­val kicks off

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THE Int­wasa Fes­ti­val koBu­l­awayo kicked off yes­ter­day with a pupils con­gre­gat­ing at the Bu­l­awayo Theatre to watch two set books en­acted.

Themed “Ex­pres­sions”, the an­nual fete will run un­til Satur­day with 50 ac­tiv­i­ties to be held over the six days. The books and

are both O-Level set books and teach­ers have com­mended the Cen­tre For Tal­ent De­vel­op­ment, pro­duc­ers of the plays for bring­ing char­ac­ters in the book to life on stage.

“It makes teach­ing the books easy when a pupil sees how char­ac­ters re­late when they are on stage. Ex­plain­ing plots, sub plots, themes and how th­ese re­late is dif­fi­cult when you’re read­ing in class,” said a teacher who de­clined to be named for pro­fes­sional rea­sons.

Ac­cord­ing to fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers, the pur­pose of hav­ing set books en­acted on stage was to make learn­ing eas­ier.

“Most of the stu­dents who watched the var­i­ous per­for­mances said the ex­pe­ri­ence was fun, ex­cit­ing and made school work more en­joy­able – which is es­sen­tially what this is all about. Mak­ing learn­ing fun and en­joy­able for the stu­dents,” said Raise­don Baya, the fes­ti­val di­rec­tor.

Af­ter the plays at the Bu­l­awayo Theatre in the evening, all roads led to the Shake­speare Exhibition at the Na­tional Gallery of Zim­babwe in Bu­l­awayo.

To­day it’s the Plan High School drama com­pe­ti­tion that will start in the morn­ing with over 10 schools vy­ing for the top prize. The win­ners will be an­nounced at the end of the day.

In the evening, those who want to watch women speak while sip­ping wine in an open air at­mos­phere then the Women, Words and Wine show is for you. It will be held at the Na­tional Gallery of Zim­babwe in the evening with Nk­wali, Lady Tshawe, Eve Kawaza, Char­ity Utete, Ti­nashe and fe­male poet Nobuntu.

Mean­while, fash­ion en­thu­si­asts will be dis­ap­pointed this year as there will be no Int­wasa Fash­ion show be­cause of lack of funds.

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