Intwasa Festival kicks off

BULAWAYO - School-related programmes were the key features of the first day of the six-day Intwasa Arts Festival KoBulawayo which kicked off here yesterday.

The 11th edition of the festival, going under the theme, “My Intwasa, Your Intwasa Our Intwasa”, which has a total of 50 arts activities, will run until Saturday.

Festival director Raisedon Baya told the Daily News yesterday that the first two days were meant “to put everyone in the festival mood”.

“As usual with first days, it is all about getting everyone in the mood and also to make sure the basic things are done. The way we have programmed the festival is such that the two first days are to introduce us into the festival because it’s basically schools participating in our live literature programme,” said Baya.

Kick-starting the programme at Bulawayo Theatre yesterday were the plays, The Colour of Hope , The Importance of Being Earnest and Without a Name, a new play adapted from  a book by the late Yvonne Vera .

The festival continued at Bulawayo Club where workshops on Shakespeare, Identity branding and marketing were held. The plays The Sun Will Rise, Master Harold and the Boys and Raramo Africa Alive are scheduled for today.

Other events set for today include the Women, Words and Win, a platform for female artists set for the National Gallery in Bulawayo as well as performances by Afrikera Trust and Iyasa that will take place at Bulawayo Theatre .

According to Baya, Bulawayo City Council mayor Martin Moyo will officially open the arts fiesta tomorrow.

“The Bulawayo mayor will be the guest of honour as we try to build a good relationship with the city. This is the second time the local authority has supported us.

“Our intention is to ensure that in the future they (city fathers) remain part and parcel of the festival, without them sometimes it gets too difficult in terms of venues and other logistics,” he said.

Baya is also looking forward to the performance by Africa Revenge at the festival tomorrow evening. The award-winning band last performed at the event nine years ago.

Various activities from dance, theatre, poetry, workshops and music will be taking place across six venues in the city which include Bulawayo Theatre, Bulawayo Club, City Hall Car Park, the National Gallery in Bulawayo, the Zone and Hope Centre.

Artistes billed to perform at the festival include Afro-jazz musician Jeys Marabini, Tariro Negitare, Chase Skuza, Kupenya Stars, Clement Magwaza, Diana Samkange and popular dance group Iyasa.

Self-proclaimed dancehall king Winky D will perform in the closing concert dubbed “Celebrate Bulawayo Concert” on Saturday night at the Large City Hall.

 

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