Multi-award winning Zimbabwean dance ensemble Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts (IYASA), high riding hip-hop artiste Msiz’kay and Sizinda based Khaya Arts are set to take over Entumbane Hall with back to back performances tomorrow.
The artists performances are part of an inter-cultural dialogue series which has an aim of revamping youth centers in the city and was launched by Iyasa in partnership with the City of Bulawayo’s Cultural Affairs Department and Culture at Work Africa during this years edition of Intwasa Arts Festival KoBulawayo.
At the meeting it was agreed that a 12-month programme with performances by local artistes will be rolled out at different city council run venues.
“The show is a first step in reviving activity city council-run venues that have been lying idle for years, with the project we also hope to bring artistes closer to their communities”, said Iyasa director Nkululeko Dube.
“There’ll be performances every month at different venues run by the city council for the next 12 months. We want to bring artistes closer to the communities, especially the up-and-coming ones and those who present unique diverse genres. All this is part of efforts to revive activity at the city council venues,” Dube added.
Dube also highlighted that all the shows would be staged for free with a hope to entice more art consumers to various venues and introduce audiences to the artistes and their works.
“We are out to create a following for our creatives and develop a culture of appreciation from local audiences. We’ve always blamed our local audiences for shunning local venues and local artistes so this is our way of enticing them to develop a love for our local creatives.” Dube said.
The project targets to engage youth-led organisations, women’s arts groups, creative clubs/hubs as well as initiatives done by up-and-coming and independent artistes in the Bulawayo.
‘Creative Diversity and Social Inclusion Project’’ (CREDISI) will run for one year with dialogue meetings/workshops set to be hosted after every four months.
Artistic presentations and performances will be held once a month as the project seeks to achieve more social cohesion and inclusion in Bulawayo.