Talent initiative launched

HARARE - The Zimbabwean Championships of Performing Arts (ZICOPA), which will identify young local artists to represent the country at the upcoming World Championships of Performing of Art (WCOPA) to be held in Hollywood in July, was launched in Harare yesterday.

WCOPA, which will take place in Long Beach California in the United States of America from July 7 to 17 this year, facilitates a boot camp under which top-notch Hollywood instructors and performers will be invited to judge, conduct seminars at the internationally-acclaimed world championship for talent.

Zicopa will hold its first championship in July to select talented young artists who will take part at the Wcopa event that brings together contestants from 63 other countries.

The Zicopa selection will begin in earnest in the next two months when selection workshops will be held to select Team Zimbabwe, with the final representatives being unveiled at the end of May.

Auditions will done in the following categories: actors,dancers,singers,instrumentalists, models and variety entertainers who include gymnasts and magicians.

The local chapter of WCOPA is run by a team that includes Jessica Nyarayi Tandy (co-founder and national director), Nontokozo Moyo (co-founder and national director),Farayi Ziweya (UK talent scout and trustee),Nonceba Siwela (Trustee),Albert Nyathi (country director and Zicopa brand ambassador ), Lee Marocha (national coordinator Zimbabwe),Tatenda Mhunduru (talent scout South Africa) and Zandile Zaza Ndlovu (talent scout Zimbabwe).

Nyathi, who is a renowned performing artist and arts administrator, will provide an important platform for young Zimbabwean talent.

“This important platform will the Zimbabwean performer a platform to excel and to achieve national and international recognition for their talent. We believe that by nurturing future talent, wherever it is, Zicopa will play a part in ensuring that our global pre-eminence continues through future generations,” said the veteran artist who has been appointed the Zicopa brand ambassador.

United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Harry Thomas Jr told journalists at a press conference yesterday that his embassy was in support of the initiative.

“As the US Embassy we are fully in support of such initiatives and we wish all the participants who will take part in the Zimbabwean leg of the competition well ….. We will do our best to facilitate the visas required for the Zim team to travel, as well as the necessary support they will need as ZICOPA to successfully take part in the competitions in Hollywood.

“The importance of ensuring shared cultural programs to strengthen relations and understanding of various ways of life between not only the Zimbabweans and Americans but also on a global aspect understanding other cultures,” he said.

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