TWO tertiary institutions from outside Bulawayo will this year make a debut appearance at the Inxusa Theatre Festival, Amakhosi Cultural Centre director Cont Mhlanga said yesterday.
Chinhoyi University of Technology’s School of Art and Design and the Mutare Polytechnic will participate at the Inxusa Theatre Festival and World Theatre Day Colloquium to be held in Bulawayo from March 25 to 29.
“The Chinhoyi University’s festival presentation will be by way of design for the main festival stage at the Amakhosi Cultural Centre,” Mhlanga said.
“They will present an academic paper on ‘Design and Technical Concepts in Zimbabwean Theatre Practice’ at the World Theatre Day Colloquium sessions.”
Last month the university sent a group of six design students and their lecturers to Amakhosi to take a look and measure the main stage to kick-start their design and creative processes.
“The group will return to the centre, the venue of Inxusa a few days before the start of the festival to construct and complete their stage design in time for the official opening day on March 25.
“Mutare Poly has confirmed sending a delegation to the theatre festival, but is yet to finalise their presentation at the theatre festival,” Mhlanga said.
Chinhoyi University offers Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Creative Arts and Design and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Fine Arts.
“Amakhosi Cultural Centre is currently on a drive to motivate talented students across Matabeleland to enrol for these degree programmes at university level than rushing to taking up full time performing arts and creative arts professions before sharpening their skills and understanding at university.”
“One such way of motivating local children in Matabeleland to take up creative degrees is by the staging of the Inxusa Theatre Festival that brings these university departments to Bulawayo closer to our high school children as a way of exposing them and their parents to these university programmes.”
Inxusa Theatre Festival will bring together theatre and film academics and professional practitioners in the industry to share and deliberate on how to grow the content and creative industries in Zimbabwe.
“School teachers that are responsible for arts, literature and cultural activities are encouraged to register to participate as they are key in motivating talented children at their schools to take up these degrees at university,” Mhlanga said.
Registration for the colloquium is now open for $15 per delegate. Tickets to theatre shows are $3 adults and $1 students.