Intwasa 2016 lines up 50 shows

BULAWAYO - The six-day Intwasa Arts Festival Ko Bulawayo, set to run between Monday and Saturday next week, will showcase 50 diverse shows across seven venues in the City of Kings.

Events to look forward to include The Spring Jazz Night featuring Prudence Katomeni- Mbofana, Rute Mbangwa, Lady Tshawe, The Outfit and Donna N that will take place at Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel on September 29 as well as the The Bulawayo Bayethe Concert, featuring 20 local musicians, that will be hosted by Large City Hall on October 1.

To cater for comedy lovers, Intwasa organisers have lined up Comedy Night at Bulawayo Rainbow on September 28 that will feature United Kingdom-based based Viv Groskop, Babongile Sikhonjwa, Doc Vikela, Ntando, Q the boss and Gonyeti.

Theatre enthusiasts can look forward to the plays Untikoloshi written by Nohlalo Dube and directed by Styx Mhlanga as well as The Warrior written by Germany-based Chris Mlalazi and directed by Matesu Dube.

Both plays will take place at Bulawayo Theatre on September 28 and 29 respectively.

Festival administrator Runyararo Mutandi told the Daily News that this year’s programme “was crafted to satisfy diverse tastes”.

“We also have the live literature programme that will see  “O” and “A” level set books such as George Mujati’s The Sun Will Rise Again, Athol Fugard’s Master Harold and the Boys and Taban Lo Liyong’s The Colour of Hope being showcased between September 26 and October 1.

“Another centre of attraction will be the ‘Women, Wine and Words’ that will feature Eve Kawadza, Lady Tshawe, Nkwali, Tinashe, Charity Hutete, and Nobuntu set for the National Gallery in Bulawayo on September 27,” said Mutandi.

Festival director Raisedon Baya recently told the Daily News that preparations for the 12th edition of Intwasa had been hampered by the prevailing economic challenges.

“The depressed economy is the major problem. This, however, has not deterred us from preparing for the festival as we have simply given it our best shot,” he said.

Despite serious financial challenges, Baya is confident that this year’s edition will attract over 20 000 visitors.

“Intwasa 2016 will focus on transforming the festival space into an innovative and creative territory for celebrating human expression, particularly the diversity of expression.

“Emphasis will be on creating new and exciting spaces within the festival to promote and advocate for diverse expressions, but with a major thrust on freedom of expression, thought, and creativity.

“The event will strive to create spaces that will challenge festival audiences and artists out of their comfort zones into unfamiliar and un-charted territory,” said Baya.

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