Intwasa Arts Festival and the Bulawayo City Council have joined forces for this year’s Intwasa feat. The news was announced by the festival’s director Mr. Raisedon Baya on his Twitter page.
Some breath of fresh air in council chambers, esp for the arts. Just been told council is giving @intwasa City Hall Car Park for free for 2019 edition. Council is also willing to host a Durban artist/group during @intwasa. Council wants this support to be long term! Amen!
— #When the Pen is not a Gun (@RaisedonB) April 4, 2019
According to the reports, the organisers of Intwasa had approached the City Council for the free use of the City Hall Car Park and payment coverage for the PA System to be used during the Bayethe Bulawayo concert, which usually becomes the closing event of the festival.
More interesting is the bringing in of an artiste from EThekwini Municipality in South Africa as part of the twinning arrangement that was signed in September 2011 between the two cities. Intwasa will cover the taxation and registration of the artiste with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) upon the artiste’s arrival in the country. This arrangement is anticipated to be a long term partnership.
The announcement comes as good news and relief to the festival organisers and Bulawayo arts enthusiasts who having been advocating for such strategic partnerships to be forged. This is what the festival has been looking for and hopefully it will bring back the glory days of Intwasa. It is an admirable stance for the City fathers to finally take notice and heed to the concerns of the arts practitioners.
This year the festival will run from 24-28 September under the theme “Spring Fever”