In­mate thesps for Hu­rungwe Fes­ti­val

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - ARTS - Takudzwa Chi­ham­bakwe

IT IS go­ing to be a the­atre buf­fet at this year’s edi­tion of the Hu­rungwe Arts Fes­ti­val, which takes place on July 7 and 8 in Karoi.

The pro­gramme con­tains per­for­mances from es­tab­lished pro­duc­tion houses, schools, as well as in­mates from prisons Mashona­land West. As we re­ported in this col­umn on Jan­uary 29, the in­clu­sion of in­mates is part of an ini­tia­tive dubbed “Chance to Change”.

The in­mates project was cre­ated to ad­dress the ed­u­ca­tional re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive needs of both male and fe­male in­mates – a plan for skills ac­qui­si­tion de­signed for in­mates to suc­cess­fully re-en­ter so­ci­ety.

The Sun­day Mail So­ci­ety spoke to fes­ti­val di­rec­tor, Joel Zi­lala.

“We will have six prisons per­form­ing at the fes­ti­val this year. These will be cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties from Kadoma, Chin­hoyi, Karoi, Hu­rungwe, Ban­ket and Kariba. They will be com­pet­ing in a play en­ti­tled ‘Chikoro Chevasikana’, writ­ten by Pa­trick Mahlasera.

“Win­ners will be an­nounced and, cer­tifi­cates and prizes will be given at the fes­ti­val. This com­pe­ti­tion is part of the ini­tia­tive called ‘Chance to Change’, which pro­vides the of­fender an op­por­tu­nity to en­hance his/her work skills through act­ing. In ad­di­tion, the the­atre pro­duc­tion makes the of­fender ac­count­able for his/her be­hav­iour and pro­vides an av­enue to make amends for the harm they have caused.”

Pupils from var­i­ous schools within the prov­ince will be com­pet­ing in their own the­atre com­pe­ti­tion and win­ners will also be awarded prizes.

“We de­cided to run a schools drama com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing the fes­ti­val, which will en­cour­age school chil­dren to make their unique con­tri­bu­tion to traf­fic safety and en­vi­ron­ment man­age­ment.

“Pri­mary schools are en­cour­aged to select traf­fic safety while sec­ondary schools take on en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment. We are ask­ing pri­mary and sec­ondary schools in Hu­rungwe write their own short play for the stage. This is an op­por­tu­nity for all bud­ding play­wrights to show off their imag­i­na­tion and cre­ativ­ity,” con­tin­ued Zi­lala.

In the pro­fes­sional cat­e­gory, Be­rina Arts in Col­lab­o­ra­tion with Budiriro Cul­tural Arts will per­form the play, “Sam­son naDherira”. Bam­belela Arts from Bu­l­awayo will also be in ac­tion with “The Wish List”, while hosts, Hu­rungwe Arts Pro­duc­tion, will stage, “Caged”. Out­side the­atre, there other ac­tiv­i­ties at the fes­ti­val.

“The fes­ti­val en­com­passes di­verse arts gen­res such as mu­sic, dance, po­etry, film and visual arts. The aim of these arts ac­tiv­i­ties is to pro­mote so­cial change us­ing ex­pres­sive arts,” re­vealed Zi­lala.

He pointed out that work­shops and ex­hi­bi­tions would be held.

“The ca­pac­ity build­ing events of­fer per­spec­tives and in­sights on is­sues af­fect­ing artistes. The aim is to en­cour­age them to know and take charge of their cir­cum­stances. These events are open to all artistes at­tend­ing the fes­ti­val,” ex­plained Zi­lala.

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