Youth festival on cards

BULAWAYO - Fiesta Youth Festival, an event which seeks to promote the participation of young people in the arts as well as grooming them into fully-fledged art practitioners, will run from April 22 to 30.

Festival spokesperson Dylan Mandaza told the Daily News that the organisers are determined to create an influential platform for young artistes.

“The Fiesta Youth Festival, which targets those between the ages of 18 to 35, is a youth festival that aims to be the flagship of urban arts and culture in Zimbabwe. The festival will be a platform to help expose, promote and support the diversity of the arts and culture industry firstly in Bulawayo Metropolitan and in Zimbabwe,” said Mandaza, who is the founder of Youth Fiesta.

He added that the official launch of the event will take place at the Zimbabwe Academy of Music on April 22 setting the stage for seven days of varied activities.

“Artistes will perform at different venues till April 24. From then on we will host a number of arts workshops across town till month end,” said Mandaza.

Award-winning Harare-based DJ, Reverb 7, will be the guest artist at the festival being produced by Zimbo Music and Batholith Events.

Mandaza said they intend to make the event a truly national one over the next few years.

“The festival will have its roots in Bulawayo and the Matabeleland region with room to grow into other provinces in Zimbabwe. The vision and mission of this festival is to combine youth empowerment, social responsibility and world class entertainment all under one roof.

“We hope to achieve this by uniting the energy and flair of the youths of Bulawayo, the corporate world, local and international artistes as well as local authorities,” he said.

Mandaza is hopeful that the inaugural event will expose young artistes to big crowds.

“The event will also give commercial exposure and opportunities to network with other artists, managers and sponsors, as this will create the necessary conditions to help develop the artistes’ careers,” he said.

He added that the list of performers currently being finalised will draw artistes from diverse genres such as fashion, poetry, comedy, dance and music.

“Most established festivals have not been paying much attention to the upcoming artistes so we want to give them an opportunity to get exposure,” said Mandaza.

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