EZIKO Theatre Laboratory, an arts project run by Bulawayo-based dance and theatre outfit Victory Siyanqoba is set to resume its programme next week following a successful ending in December.
Eziko loosely translated to mean “fireplace”, is a local arts flagship programme aimed at creating synergies between accomplished and upcoming artistes, to evaluate their work with a view of improving their artistic products.
The programme which is traditionally run at Indlovu Youth Centre in Tshabalala, has in the past been lauded for nurturing upcoming artistes whose growth is arguably stunted by the continuous marginalisation of the local arts industry.
The first session of Eziko run under the theme “Correct Creatively Collective Community Engagement” will be held on January 28 at Indlovu Youth Centre.
Afro-fusion prodigy, Clement Magwaza, who will be the guest of honour, is billed to serenade revellers with his hot Afro-fusion jams that have mesmerised urban music lovers despite the fact that his genré is more popular in the rural areas of Matabeleland South and North where other Afro-fusion greats such as Ndolwane Super Sounds have made a name.
Promising female ensemble Thandanani Women Ensemble will also get an opportunity to scintillate revellers.
Locally-based upcoming arts groups and artistes would get a chance to make debut performances.
“`As Victory Siyanqoba, we shall continue to foster engagement with anyone who believes in the arts and its` transformative power.
“Our lives are impoverished, our industry is neglected, our ministry is half-baked and selective.
“The lesson I learn therefore is that we are our own liberators — we need to unleash our potential, engage each other, engage the ministry and believe in ourselves,” Desire Moyo, the brains behind the programme, said.
“Twenty fourteen is the year of correct, creatively collective community engagement, and we shall harness any potential that we come across so as to grow ourselves and the industry.
“The Sport, Arts and Culture ministry has a lot to cover in this sector.
“The gap between the government and the grassroots artistes must and needs to be eradicated and we need to engage each other like the amity between the government and the sports,” Moyo added.