Arts workshops galore at Intwasa

BULAWAYO - With less than two weeks for the prestigious Intwasa arts fiesta to kick off, preparations are well on course, according to the organisers.

With thousands of arts-loving people expected to tumble down in the usually quiet second largest city, a cocktail of artistic disciplines ranging from performances, exhibitions, live literature readings and workshops are in store.

With particular attention to workshops there will be workshops focusing on performing arts, literary works, film and the coaching fraternity among others.

Deputy director of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and a fellow at the American Kennedy Centre of the Arts Nicholas Moyo is set to direct all the workshops during the annual event.

Workshops will be supported by the US Embassy together with the British Council whose kindness has for years been significant in the usually financially strained industry.

“The Arts Management Workshop which will be a three day workshop running under the topics: Models of arts management and how management will improve the running of the arts,” said Nkululeko Nkala, the festival spokesperson.

“Artists will also attend a physical theatre workshop conducted by Lloyd Nyikadzino who has just finished a year’s stint in the US specialising on physical theatre,” he said.

Nkala said the two-day workshop which is supported by the American Embassy will also see artists meeting and discussing issues affecting them.

The Artists’ Hotpot workshop is designed to bridge the generation gap between young and old artists.

Nkala added: “The open discussions will touch on many issues. Some of the topics to be discussed are the status of the artists, contracts, HIV and other sensitive issues in the sector. They can also attend the Open dialogue: Cultural Creative Entrepreneurship workshop which will be conducted by a British facilitator.”

He said the British Council supported workshop will look at the potential of the arts sector as a business sector and the opportunities that exist in Zimbabwe, Africa and Europe and the world over. Not to be left out this year will be school teachers as they will also get the opportunity to learn more about the arts industry.

“Since we have been working with teachers this year, we saw it fit that we have an arts and culture workshop specifically for them.  This will be done in conjunction with Amagugu Cultural Village Trust,” Nkala further said.

He said the workshop sought to capacitate teachers in ways of using cultural villages as resource tools for teaching purposes using an interdisciplinary approach.

The workshop will be conducted by Bulawayo-based prominent historian and cultural expert Pathisa Nyathi.

It will be called the physical theatre workshop.

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