Byo youths line up Twitter party

BULAWAYO - Young entrepreneurs in Bulawayo will launch what they claim to be “Zimbabwe’s first Twitter party” at the National Gallery of Bulawayo tomorrow.

A Twitter party is an online event that seeks to bring people into a conservation around a hashtag (a word or phrase preceded by a hash mark (#), used within a message to identify a keyword or topic of interest and facilitate a search for it.)

The Twitter party, is being organised by Hunnar Management Agency and Bead Crazy in conjunction with Flying Fish and Hella Hella Entertainment.

Event spokesperson Gilmore “Tee” Moyo told the Daily News that the Twitter party was part of their efforts to bring the digital world to live events.

“Social media has become one of the most influential platforms to link people, brands and initiatives. With this in mind, the Twitter party ZW came about as a way of bringing these social media-active beings to meet on live events and exchange information.

“The initiative also offers a platform for entrepreneurs that we know from online platforms to push or launch their projects at a gathering where many twitter-active users are, helping to flood the project or product to the market through an instant mass mention,” he said.

Moyo, who is better known as Gilmore Tee, added that the high level of engagement on the digital space in the country warranted the creation of a Twitter party.

“We are really excited to be hosting Twitter party ZW in Bulawayo. We would like to use this new-age technology to get people to come together and meet up. Our aim is to take it across the country and engage with various Twitter users on a face to face level,” he said.

According to Gilmore Tee, the weekend Twitter party will be a four-hour event that will include performances, clothing launches, drink sampling and brand launching.

He urged youths in Bulawayo should take advantage of social media.

“The art world is refocusing traditional spaces to be new creative spaces. Berlin in Germany does it, so does Maboneng in South Africa. It is time for Bulawayo to do the same and take the lead in Zimbabwe as the first city to host the Twitter party. We hope to take the Twitter party across the country in different cities and towns,” he said.

Entertainment at the Twitter party will be provided by DJ Pasee better known as Sikosana, hip-hop artiste Asaph and DJ Liz who has played alongside Black Coffee, DJ Fresh and DJ Zinhle. The event will also feature award-winning designer Saneliso Mpofu, the only Zimbabwean who took part in the recent two-day Tshwane Fashion Festival in South Africa.

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