Winky D, Judgement Yard, Tresor for Vic Falls Carnival
MULTI-award winning, platinum selling Congolese artiste Tresor, Winky D and dancehall DJs – Judgement Yard have been added to the list of entertainers for this year’s Jameson Victoria Falls Carnival. The fest will take pl a c e from December 29 to 31 in and around the resort town. Completing the second announcement of the line up will be South Africa’s reggae band Tidal Waves, Half ‘n Half and DJ Diloxclusiv as well as Zimbabwean DJ Jason Le Roux. These artistes will join formerly announced Sketchy Bongo, multi-award winning hip hop duo Locnville and The Kifness.Emmanuel Tivatyi, one of the organisers of the festival said Winky D, who has performed at the carnival before, had been added to spice up the line up on New Year’s Eve. On the event’s preparations, Tivatyi said everything was going according to plan adding that the first train for the train party on December 30 was almost full. This year, like last year, because of the popularity of the train party, three trains will ferry revellers to the bush – a few kilometres outside Vic Falls where they will party in style. “The trains will shuttle three times to the venue ferrying 500 people at each go.
“We expect about 1 500 revellers to be taken to the secret location,” said Tivatyi. Normally tickets start being bought en-masse during midNovember and by the end of the month, they’ll be finished so people, especially locals are being encouraged to buy their tickets now.”
On the first day of the carnival – December 30, Tivatyi said they had partnered with local nightspots who will host community parties to welcome visitors – especially those from outside the country.
He said they had reduced ticket prices for locals who have over the years, complained that the tickets were too steep.
Locals will not be expected to pay $45 for a day pass, down from $60.
However, these tickets are only available for a few weeks as the promotion will end on November 25. Thereafter, the tickets will be $60. THE Jikinya Dance Festival roared to life in Bulawayo yesterday with provincial competitions at the Large City hall.
The national celebrations will be held at Masvingo Polytechnic on November 25 where schools from the country’s 10 provinces will battle it out for top honours.
Organised annually by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) in partnership with the National Association of Primary Heads (NAPH), the festival seeks to encourage primary school children to appreciate and perform Zimbabwean traditional dances thus promoting and preserving Zimbabwe’s cultural heritage.
“The festival showcases various traditional dances by primary school pupils and the different dances that’ll be showcased during the course of the month will be a reflection of endless diversity that is found in the different communities of Zimbabwe,” said NACZ communications and marketing officer – Catherine Mthombeni.
The theme for this year’s Jikinya Dance Festival celebrations is: “Empowering Communities Through Dance”.