Jikinya Dance Fes­ti­val prepa­ra­tions on course

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Soccer Cricket Sport - Kudzai Mpangi Sun­day Life Re­porter

PREPA­RA­TIONS for the an­nual Jikinya Dance Fes­ti­val are at an ad­vanced stage, with the Na­tional Arts Coun­cil of Zim­babwe con­firm­ing that all prov­inces are geared up for the grand fi­nale.

The dance fes­ti­val is held an­nu­ally, the grand fi­nale pen­cilled in for Bu­l­awayo on 24 Novem­ber.

The fes­ti­val seeks to show­case and pro­mote the var­i­ous tra­di­tional dances found in Zim­babwe. Jikinya Dance Fes­ti­val is a re­flec­tion of the end­less di­ver­sity that is found in the dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties all over Zim­babwe.

“Jikinya Dance Fes­ti­val aims at en­cour­ag­ing pri­mary school chil­dren to ap­pre­ci­ate and per­form Zim­bab­wean tra­di­tional dances thus pro­mot­ing and safe­guard­ing Zim­babwe’s cul­tural her­itage,” said NACZ act­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing man­ager Catherine Mthombeni in a state­ment.

The fes­ti­val is held at three ba­sic lev­els, which are dis­trict, pro­vin­cial and na­tional lev­els.

“In many dis­tricts, schools hold clus­ter and zonal fes­ti­vals in or­der for them to come up with dis­trict win­ners and then they pro­ceed to the pro­vin­cial level. Dis­trict Jikinya fes­ti­vals are al­ready be­ing held coun­try­wide in prepa­ra­tion for the pro­vin­cial fes­ti­val that will com­merce in the months of Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber,” said Mthombeni.

The schools that will pro­ceed to na­tional level will par­tic­i­pate at the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion that will be held on 24 Novem­ber. Com­pet­ing schools are ob­li­gated to show case dances of their own choice, as well as the 2017/18 fes­ti­val dance Mu­chon­goyo. Mu­chon­goyo dance also known as Mu­chon­golo is a dance that orig­i­nated from the Zulu land in South Africa dur­ing King Tshaka’s reign. The dance was per­formed in prepa­ra­tion for and af­ter war. To­day the dance has be­come a so­cial and recre­ational one, with­out any re­li­gious con­no­ta­tions. The Mu­chon­goyo dance is em­braced mostly by Ndau and Shangani speak­ing peo­ple liv­ing in Man­i­ca­land.

Jikinya Dance Fes­ti­val is held in part­ner­ship be­tween NACZ and Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pri­mary Heads (Naph). The fes­ti­val is also spon­sored by Delta Cor­po­ra­tion.

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