New dance festival on the cards

New arts festival, Mafuwe International Festival of the Dance (MIFD), is on the cards.

The inaugural event, aimed at advancing, promoting and celebrating the art and culture of dance will be held on August 16 through to 18 in the capital.

Preparations for the inaugural event are ongoing.
“The call for international participants has opened and closes on April 30,” one of the organisers, Plot Mhako, said.
Mhako is working with Brian Geza and Cindy Jaenicke said “We chose the name ‘Mafuwe’ as it connects to the spirit and goal of the festival which is to inspire and bring brightness to people in the midst of struggles, to challenge new artistic innovation and creations through imagination and the desire to bring together humanity for the better good regardless of any physical differences,” Mhako said.
“The word ‘mafuwe’ was derived from ‘fuwa’ word spoken by the Bantu people; it literally means to be rich or well-off. 
Mafuwe is also a traditional dance associated with rain-making ceremonies.”
Running under the theme “Invisible Boundaries”, Mhako said Zimbabwe is set to benefit immensely from the festival.
“MIFD is set to bring various dancers, communities, artists from the world over to Harare. 
“It is going to be the first in Zimbabwean history where an all-international dance festival is being hosted. We, the organisers, envision a colourful event where the human bodies will tell various artistic stories through multiple dance genres,” he said.

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