ALL is set for the seventh edition of Shangano Arts Festival in Tsholotsho that opens today and ends on Thursday.
This year’s festival runs under the theme “Keeping It Alive, Long Live to Cultural Diversity”.
Petros Ndlovu, director of Shangano Arts Festival told Southern Eye Lifestyle yesterday the festival was being held in Tsholotsho for the first time.
“All is now in place and we are raring to go and a lot of activities and entertainment is lined up,” he said.
“This is the second time the festival is away from Hwange and Victoria Falls. Last year it was held in Binga.
“This is a way to spread and share the festival with all parts of the province.”
A mumber of artistes such as Ibhewe Top Stars, Ndolwane Super Sounds, Binga Bintibe, Moreblessing Shoko, Ebenezer, Shabba Arts project, Lusumami Puppets, Expandables Dancers, among others would illuminate the festival.
“A lot of activities have been lined up for the festival with dances, singing, poetry, visual arts, paintings, traditional foods on display,” Ndlovu said.
“A number of workshops will be held and the first one will be on theatre skills and project proposal writing skills facilitated by Nelson Mapako.”
He said the idea behind the festival was to celebrate cultural diversity.
“Shangano is Nambia for a meeting place and the festival is all about meeting and celebrating different cultures in Zimbabwe,” Ndlovu said.
“We have different cultures that inclue the Tonga, Nambia, Ndebele, Kalanga and many more.”
Ndlovu urged people of Tsholotsho to attend the festival in large numbers.
“We appeal for people to come in their numbers, the festival will bring entertainment, business
to the province and also equip us to market the province,” he added.