Intwasa Arts Festival KoBulawayo is just around the corner, and there is plenty to look out for. From theater performances to the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo which will run concurrently with the festival. The festival has so much lined up than what meets the eye.The 2017 edition will run under the theme “immortalising memories, keeping cultural spaces alive”
Here’s a list of 5 things to look forward to during the festival.
1. Bulawayo Street Carnival
For the very first time, Bulawayo will host a street carnival which is being powered by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.
The street carnival will see winners walk away with $1000 in cash.
It is our hope that ZTA will spice up the carnival by surprising us with Zodwa Wabantu or the Brazilian samba dancers.
2. Women, Wine, & Words
Women, wine and words have been a major drawcard for the festival in the past 2 editions and has left art enthusiasts hungry for the show.
This year the show features 7 young, beautiful, intelligent and talented women. Women with something to say about love, life, women, empowerment and everything else. It is one show that one shouldn’t miss.
The top class event always brings talented women who in turn deliver a memorable show throughout and leaves many talking.
3. ‘HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr’
HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr explores the life, inventions and person of Hedy Lamarr, Viennese-born Hollywood film star of the 1930s-1950s. Known as The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Hedy Lamarr stored away knowledge of munitions while married to Austrian arms dealer, Fritz Mandl.
She employed this knowledge to support the US Navy’s war effort during WWII by inventing The Secret Communication System with composer George Antheil, to make torpedoes more accurate. Also referred to as Frequency Hopping or Spread Spectrum Technology, her invention is used today in cell phones, WiFi, CDMA, GPS, Bluetooth and a myriad of other wireless systems.
The captivating play will be at Byo Theatre on Saturday 30 September 2017 at 7pm.
4. Book launches
For those who believe in the power of words, come support the 2 book launches, will be held at National Gallery in Bulawayo. The other side by Ericah Gwetai will be launched on September 29 and admission will be free.
Moving On & Other Zimbabwean Stories is another book launch to look forward to as writers from the anthology will be in conversation with Tinashe Tafirenyika (Poet) and Dr James Arnett (Fulbright Scholar Nust)
5. The Poison
One play to really watch out for…