Jikinya Dance Fest roars into life
“This particular theme underscores the importance of communities embracing various Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) elements that are peculiar in their communities. The festival encourages communities to adopt safeguarding measures through dance so that communities appreciate the value of transmitting the skills from generation to generation for posterity,” said Mthombeni.
“Also, communities benefit economically through making and selling costumes, props as well as by training youngsters the dancing techniques. Socially these dances bring communities together in gatherings such as festivals.”
Schools will showcase a dance of their choice as well as the common dance – Ihosanna. Five years ago, NACZ introduced a system whereby a specific dance is selected as a festival piece that runs for two years and is judged as a Common Dance. The Common Dance was introduced so that all participating children, despite their regions can learn, perform and appreciate diverse Zimbabwean cultures through dance.
Ihosanna — a rainmaking dance — is performed in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. The dance is also used during spiritual ceremonies among the Ndebele people.