THE sixth edition of the Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts’ Isiphiwo Sami talent search targeting Matabeleland schools has begun under the theme “Who Am I?”.
The talent search will be held at the Bulawayo Theatre on March 26.
Organisers of the talent search have introduced a new system to accommodate schools that would be participating as well as to protect children, who in the past had been forced to compete at night exposing them to danger.
“The project has grown to 33 schools and, therefore, to accommodate all of them we have introduced preliminaries which will be held on March 20 at Evelyn, Founders and Gifford high schools,” project co-ordinator, Mercy Kuyumba, said.
“The schools will be divided into three groups, with the top three competing in the finals alongside last year’s winners.”
Last year, Gifford High School shrugged off fierce competition from 29 schools to emerge winners.
Kuyumba said various schools undertook training and supervision by experts in the arts industry, who include theatre guru Memory Kumbota, choreographer Ritchard Ndlovu, dancer Matesu Dube and drummer Lewis Ndlovu.
“Two teachers and four students from each school were trained by well-established actors and musicians,” she said.
“With the skills they acquired, they went back to their schools to teach fellow students interested in the programme.”
“We have seen so much growth. This is evidenced by Gifford High, which competed in our inaugural talent search.”
The schools will each be given a slot to perform plays, poetry and dance on stage and prizes will be awarded to the winner, first and second runners-up.