ALL roads lead to Manor Hotel in Bulawayo today for the provincial Chibuku Neshamwari traditional dance festival.
BY LUYANDUHLOBO MAKWATI
Various groups will be vying for the top accolade and are set to showcase different acts.
The Delta Beverages-sponsored event has become a permanent feature on the arts calendar and has been rated as one of the most successful programmes in developing traditional dances in the country.
Winners will earn themselves the sole ticket to national finals where they will represent the province later this year in Harare.
Some of the groups that will take part include Khaya Arts, Ezimnyama Arts, Izenzo Performing Arts, Jaiva Traditional Group, Iluba Lemvelo, Iwisa Arts, Simunye Simunye, Ingwenyama Arts and Snipers Crew Organisers of the event said they were ready to roll.
The main objective of the festival is to promote the appreciation and development of ethnic traditional dances in Zimbabwe.
The festival aims at promoting greater understanding between performing artistes and encouraging them to maintain and preserve good values of cultural heritage.
The Chibuku brand itself encourages participation in traditional dancing.
The competition is a collaborative effort with various stakeholders in the arts sector.
Last year Sekunjalo Ma-Afrika represented Bulawayo in the national finals. However, they failed at the big stage.