Intwasa kicks off tomorrow

BULAWAYO - Intwasa Arts Festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, will kick off tomorrow across six venues in Zimbabwe’s second largest city.

This year’s edition of Zimbabwe’s second largest festival, which will run until September 27, is being held in partnership with the Bulawayo City Council to celebrate 120 years since the country’s second largest city was established.

Festival director Raisedon Baya told the Daily News that the decade-old event will be hosted by City Hall Car Park, National Art Gallery, Bulawayo Theatre, Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel, The Hope Centre and Large City Hall.

“These venues were chosen strategically because of their location. All of them are very accessible and safe. Festival audiences can watch and enjoy all arts events without looking over their shoulders or constantly thinking about their safety,” he said.

The annual arts fete, which is running under the theme “unforgettable,” will be officially opened on September 24 on the Chibuku Stage located in the Large City Hall Car Park.

The Bayethe Bulawayo Concert-dubbed the “Shutdown Gig” to be held on the final day of Intwasa, will no doubt be the highlight of this year’s edition. It will feature top musicians like Suluman Chimbetu, Ndolwane Super Sounds, Albert Nyathi, a collaborative concert featuring Edith WeUtonga, Rute Mbangwa and Tina Watyoka called Amawala, Sandra Ndebele and Iyasa.

Another event to look forward to is the “Women, Words and Wine Poetry and Musical Show” which will take place at the National Gallery in Bulawayo. The event will feature Afro-soul musician Thandy Dlana, female imbube outfit Nobuntu as well as leading poets like Sithandazile Dube and Nomakhosazana “Zana K” Ncube.

Theatre lovers have eight “intriguing” plays to look forward to.

According to Baya, the theatrical acts to be showcased at Bulawayo Theatre include Umbiko KaMadlenya, Dancing Queen, Colour of Hope, For Generations, She and He, the Importance of being Earnest, A Thousand Miles and The Lion and The Jewel.

In a bid to broaden the musical programme, Intwasa organisers have incorporated The Spring Jazz Show set for September 25 at the Rainbow Hotel. Harare-based songstress Tariro Negitare will share the stage with the Cool Crooners, Outfit Band, and Jam Signal. On the same day, on the Chibuku Stage, Bulawayo-based Afro-jazz maestro Jeys Marabini will share the stage with Ndux Junior.

Intwasa organisers have also included a comedy night on the last day of the festival which will feature some of the country’s leading stand-up performers such as Doc Vikela, Babongile and Ntando Van Moyo.

Other potentially exciting performances could be from the internationally-acclaimed Mokoomba, Zimboita, Amakhosi Centre for Talent Development, Bambelela, Siyaya, SPAA, Ezimnyama Dance Troupe and Qeqeshiwe Mntambo.

Intwasa has been made possible this year through support from organisations which include Hivos, Culture Fund, Delta Beverages, Norwegian Embassy, Habitat Afrika, British Council, Plan Zimbabwe, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, National Gallery in Bulawayo, Bulawayo City Council and Alliance Francaise.


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