The annual Intwasa Arts Festival KoBulawayo will roar to life in Bulawayo on Tuesday and is set to host an array of art events from various art forms. The festival is set to enthrall audiences for six days from September 24 to 29.
Intwasa had its first edition in 2005 and has been graced by outstanding local and international acts. Hosted in a city touted as Zimbabwe’s cultural hub and this years edition will run under the theme “Spring Fever”.
Women, Wine, and Words has become one of Intwasa’s signature event, which is always backed by mesmerising and amazing female voices who have left audiences crying for more. Eve Kawadza, Nkwali, Lady Tshawe, and Tariro Negitare have all ended a spark to the awesome event.
The festival will officially roar to life today and we would love to help you navigate through the plethora of experiences with five things to expect at Intwasa.
1. Performances by Masa Caroleen, Lee McHoney, Novuyo Seagirl, and Vuyo Brown
Expect off the roof performances from these ladies as they take Bulawayo by storm on Saturday night. The ZWL$20 entrance will give a rare chance for music lovers to hang out with Masa Caroleen and Lee McHoney who are both riding high with fresh new albums and will afford some a chance to sample some of the latest tracks.
This year the show will be hosted on a Saturday which has been set aside as Intwasa’s women’s day and will feature Tariro NeGitare, Novuyo Seagirl, Mimmie Tarukwana, Donna N, Lee McHoney, Masa Caroleen, Vuyo Brown, and Afro Queens.
As per tradition, the National Art Gallery in Bulawayo will host the event. If you a lover of wine and words this will be the place to be. Show starts at 5pm.
2. Bolamba Arts and Ezimnyama Dance Ensemble Collabo!!!
Witness this year’s opening show which has been described as a dance spectacle and tells the story about different African traditions, rituals, and rites of passage practiced in the African society.
In 2018 Umkhathi Theatre Works opened with “Bloom Bloom” which was an African dance production and this year the fest will open with yet another dance production which is a collaboration between Bolamba Performing Arts and 2019 Chibuku Neshamwari winners Ezimnyama Dance Ensemble and it’s being done as part of an exchange program.
The dance production will start at 6PM and will be hosted at Bulawayo Theatre.
3. Amplifying Children’s voices Through Poetry
The festival will this year mark many firsts and among them is the 100 Girls/100 Voices Poetry for Girls by Girls event which will be among major attractions this morning. The project is being supported by Plan International, US Embassy Public Affairs Section and will see 100 girls from five different Zimbabwean schools take part.
The event which has been getting a buzz on microblogging site Twitter after users shared colorful umbrellas that are part of the event set which have been mounted at the National Art Gallery Bulawayo.
4. Young Thespians Take To Stage With A Classic Play!!!
In June Imbokodo made its debut at Bulawayo Theatre, it got positive reviews and many were eager to watch it. Courtesy of Nhimbe Trust the production is back at Intwasa, with its energetic cast made up of talented young thespians.
Charmaine Mudau, Bonakele Agnes Ncube, Sihle Masuku, Chelesile Mpofu and Ronald Sigenca make up the cast of Imbokodo.
With what we saw the last time taking your friends and loved ones to the theatre on Friday won’t be a bad idea.
5. Back To Back Comedy Nights…
Being a Zimbabwean is at times regarded as something taken off from a script by comedians. Everything ends with a bit of humor, we feel the organisers of the festival felt the need for more comical reactions from its regular fans hence the addition of Boderline Insanity and the Night of Big Comedy.
Award-winning comedian Maforty will team up with King Kandoro, Andrew Manyika, T1nda and Ezra for an insane local show at Hope Centre on Thursday. On Friday it will be a clash of the big acts as Trevor Gumbi, Khanyisa Bhunu, both from South Africa Clive Chigubhu, and Q Dube are all set to bring more witty to the festivities.
Trivia about Intwasa Arts Festival KoBulawayo
Annually Intwasa hosts 100 events, and will this year celebrate 15 years. Intwasa also boasts of 4 awards that have been attained because of the work that they have done in the Zimbabwean arts landscape.
DOWNLOAD Intwasa Arts Festival Ko Bulawayo 2019 Program HERE http://bit.ly/2mcVfbj