Bifa preps begin


PREPARATIONS for the second edition of the Beitbridge International Festival of the Arts (Bifa) have begun in earnest for an event slated for October, but the organisers say: “It is the earliest bird catches the worm.”

Own Correspondent

Bifa was launched last year in a bid to awaken the entertainment-starved town of Beitbridge.

The fiesta, aimed at creating synergies between budding and established artistes country-wide, features an assortment of artistic exhibitions and acts and also gives artistes chances to learn through workshops.

In a statement to Southern Eye Lifestyle, organisers said preparations were on course and revealed that the arts jamboree would be held from October 23 to 25 under the theme “Unleash the Creativity”. Nkululeko Nkala, the event publicist, said the theme is meant to inspire quality in arts productions.

“Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach — how you look at things,” he said.

Nkala, a respected arts administrator added that this year’s fiesta, unlike the inaugural event which centred mainly on entertainment, would focus on the development of artistes.

“It’s about encouraging artists to live their moments in delight as this gives them some inner growth,” he said.

The inaugural event was graced by various arts outfits such as Iyasa, Willis Wattafi, Clement Magwaza, Alick Macheso and the South African house musicians Proffessor and Dr Malinga.

Organisers said artistes interested in participating can register by logging to www.beitbridgefest.