Intwasa festival ends on high note

THE Intwasa Arts Festival Ko Bulawayo, which brought the city alive last week, ended on a high note at the weekend with organisers expressing satisfaction over the fiesta which left an indelible mark for arts and culture enthusiasts.


Festival director Raisedon Baya told NewsDay that despite a few minor glitches, the festival was largely successful although they were yet to compile a detailed post-mortem of the colourful 10th edition held under the theme “My Intwasa, Your Intwasa, Our Intwasa”.

“All I can say for now is that the festival went well. We’re still to compile our report and see what we did not do well, as we have always said that Intwasa is a growing festival,” he said.

“We are happy as Intwasa because we did not receive any bad report or incidents of injury during the course of the week.”

Showgoers, however, raised concern over the few ablution facilities at most centres saying some of the facilities were located too far from the venues while there were too few movable toilets and litter bins.

Although the festival started on a low note, it gathered momentum during the course of the week.

School children were afforded a chance to develop their intellectual capabilities as dramas were in store for them, while women were also given a chance to discuss various issues on different platforms with art entrepreneurs taking part in networking discussions.

Artists such as Jeys Marabini, Martin Siyanda of Ndolwane Super Sounds, Daina Samkange, Winky D, Clement Magwaza, Kupenya and Ndux Junior kept the audience captivated.

Umkhathi Theatre Works also spiced the event with traditional dances that kept the crowd spell bound.

Fashion lovers were treated to an assortment of fun as various fashion designers and presenters showcased their works.

Intwasa festival ko Bulawayo this year partnered with Plan Zimbabwe, British Council, Alliance Francaise, Zimbabwe Germany Society, Pro Helvetia, City of Bulawayo, Chibuku, Pamberi Trust, Afdis, Ingwebu, Bpra and Transparency International, The Music, Edgars, Bulawayo Polytechnic and Hunnar. Intwasa Festival is a multi-disciplinary event that seeks to showcase African and cultural expressions.

The festival is held every September, as the month marks the beginning of spring, a season of regeneration and rebirth.

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