Beitbridge festival comes alive today


THE inaugural Beitbridge International Arts Festival comes alive today with local artistes drawn from all over the country and South Africa expected to showcase and diverse acts.


The two-day arts jamboree, which runs until Sunday under the theme “Big Art, Small Town”, will see local artists Willis Wattafi, Iyasa, Kwabatsha Generals sharing the stage with South African stars Professor and Dr Malinga.

Beitbridge based musicians G star, Roja T, Duliside family and CGD will also showcase their acts.

The festival was supposed to start yesterday, but had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, according to Nkululeko Nkala, one of the organisers.

“Unfortunately the festival had to be postponed for a day because of reasons we believe are an act of God. However, we are excited that what was once an idea is coming to life,” Nkala said.

All the acts that had been pencilled for today’s programme have been shifted to Pagomba Café.

“The move also caught us by surprise. Our apologies to local fans and those from outside, who were looking forward to the day as much as us,” Nkala added.

Sungura king Alick Macheso will close the festival with a show at Pagomba Café tomorrow (Saturday) where he will share the stage with Clement Magwaza from Plumtree.