Shoko Festival offers full bouquet

HARARE - This year’s Shoko Festival will be a full bouquet with eight countries being represented at the celebrations.

Represented countries will include the United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany, Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Shoko Festival is back and taking over Harare, from today, September 18 to 23.

Running under the theme, “Take Over the Town,” Shoko embraces more art forms this year as it becomes Harare’s largest celebration of urban culture.

This year’s festival features comedy, hip-hop, neo-soul, dance music, house, spoken word, dub-step, reggae and many others.

Through the celebration of urban art forms Shoko embraces Harare and its artists’ creative endeavours by taking over the town with music and laughter, spray cans and turntables.

It’s about reclaiming joy and turning dreams into reality.

Shoko 2012 is a living experiment of expression and positive social change through the arts.

In a statement, Tongai Leslie Makawa who is the marketing and production manager at Shoko Festival said they will be catering for everyone.

“Shoko has catered for a wide range of tastes and there is something in the programme for everyone. For those who want to laugh there is world-class comedy night with top local and international comedians."

There is also a lineup of local and international artists and DJs for those who want to dance. There is a diverse array of creative workshops for those who are hungry for information.

“For those who are poetic, a vibrant international poetry slam performance. And for those who are more aesthetically orientated there is the photo exhibition “Shout” is a behind-the-scenes look at urban art and culture,” he said.

The festivals’ events take place at the Book Café, Gallery Delta, Red Bar and at the Festival’s satellite venue, the Peace in the Hood Stage in Glen Norah.

“The festival week will see performances in different venues across the city including the main festival site, Alliance Francaise. The vibrant, festive venue houses the King Pinn Main Stage, the Chingono Stage, the Hub and the Shoko Market Place where all city revellers can chill out in-between performances,” said Makawa.

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