Spring is here and so is Int­wasa Arts Fes­ti­val

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Culture/arts/education -

that most of our cor­po­rates did not see that op­por­tu­nity.

The most im­por­tant les­son learnt from the Harare car­ni­val is that a car­ni­val is not just a march or a pa­rade or just an event but must be an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence. Peo­ple out there are look­ing for un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ences. Dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences. And this needs se­ri­ous plan­ning and re­sources. The car­ni­val con­cert was some­thing else — it had big names in the likes of Jah Prayzah, Sol­dier Love, Winky D, Oskido and many oth­ers. The stage was world class — pro­vided by Big Time Strate­gic Group led by Jus­tice Maphosa who orig­i­nally hails from Gwanda. The Harare ex­pe­ri­ence was in­deed eye open­ing and hope­fully a few years from now Bu­l­awayo will have a car­ni­val as big as what we wit­nessed in Harare.

Septem­ber is the month of Int­wasa and as has been pre­vi­ously an­nounced the fes­ti­val is tak­ing place side by side with San­ganai/Hlan­ganani Tourism Expo. The syn­er­gies be­tween San­ganai/Hlan­ganani and Int­wasa are ideal and com­ple­men­tary. Fes­ti­vals are meant to be driv­ers of tourism — both do­mes­tic and In­ter­na­tional. As usual there are events to look for­ward to dur­ing Int­wasa. The City Hall car park will be a bee­hive as usual with both mu­sic and tra­di­tional dance per­for­mances by Bu­l­awayo’s top groups. The classy Women, Wine and Words will fea­ture three in­ter­na­tional spo­ken words sup­ported by the Bri­tish Coun­cil. The fes­ti­val is also ex­pect­ing an award win­ning play from the United States of Amer­ica. Our own Iyasa have col­lab­o­rated with a Ger­many the­atre com­pany and will be pre­sent­ing that the­atre piece dur­ing the fes­ti­val. High schools will also be clash­ing for the big drama prize un­der the Plan High Schools drama com­pe­ti­tion whose theme this year is Chil­dren in Con­flict with the Law. For lit­er­a­ture lovers the fes­ti­val will also be host­ing two book launches by Ericah Gwe­tai and Ama­books pub­lish­ers. For visual arts the gallery will be in­tro­duc­ing four young artistes with their ex­hi­bi­tion BUYA. So folks lets meet month end and en­joy what Bu­l­awayo has to of­fer in terms of the arts.

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