Inaugural women's cultural festival on cards

HARARE - Organisers of the inaugural Banakazi Tambai Women Cultural Festival, an all-female traditional dance contest which will take place over two days next month, say preparations for the event are at an advanced stage.

Nyadzisai Mirisawu, the finance and marketing executive of the Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Festival, told the Daily News that the event, which seeks to showcase the dances associated with various cultural practices, will be held on October 24 and 25 in the Harare Gardens.

“The festival will showcase different all-female cultural groups in the country such as Chimutare, Chihodha, Kundyu, Chiterere ChaZambia, Jiti, Mbande and Chinamwali chaMalawi,” said Mirisawu.

“We are celebrating the diversity of our cultures and languages as women of African descent. We are inviting all women to the event because they are the custodians of our African cultural practices,” said Mirisawu.

She revealed that her organisation had also lined up a workshop that will take place during the two-day event.

“As an organisation, we are very concerned by the alarming increases in divorces and of families headed by single parents.

“This unfortunate situation is happening because they lack proper information and education about adulthood. As a result, we find it worthy to run a workshop where we will be discussing adulthood and matrimonial issues for the benefit of the girl child,” she said.

Mirisawu said the festival was going to be a platform to teach, share, entertain and educate women so that they can be proud ambassadors of our African culture.

“Africa is rich in terms of undiluted culture. Some of the groups set to perform are drawn from typical African societies such as the Tonga who are found along the Zambezi Basin.

“Hence the Banakazi Tambai Women Cultural Festival, which is one of its kind, is the best platform to share, interact, educate, inform and entertain. Audience are assured of interesting cultures through dances,” she said.

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