AGAINST the backdrop of a massive pull-out of donors for the country’s arts festivals, the financial pillar of major arts events, organisers of the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo are hoping to swim against the tide and make a success of the 2019 edition.
Dates and venues for Bulawayo’s premier arts festival have been released with the extravaganza scheduled to run from 24 to 28 September at the National Gallery in Bulawayo, the Bulawayo Theatre, Homestead Centre and the Bulawayo City Hall parking lot.
While the country’s economic conditions have contributed to the pull-back by donors, donor fatigue has also been cited as the reason for the sudden austerity from organisations that were cash cows in the past.
But the organisers are not fazed by the prevailing economic conditions and are forging ahead with preparations to hold a successful event.
“This year’s theme is Spring Fever and the theme conjures a feeling of restlessness, excitement and daydreaming. This year’s edition is about looking forward to better things and celebrating what the country, and by extension humanity at large, has gone through and wishes for the future,” said Runyararo Mutandi, spokesperson for the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo.
Intwasa is not limited to local artistes only but includes regional players from Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi, Zambia and South Africa.
International flavour from the United States of America, United Kingdom, Denmark, Italy and Canada is expected to touch down for the festival.
Theatre, dance, music, spoken word, visual arts, literary arts and fashion make up the line-up for the September event.
Artistes interested in taking part in the festival are expected to start sending in their applications with the deadline set for 5 July.
Despite the many obstacles that the festival faced last year a number of local artistes, arts groups and organisations bought into the Intwasa vision.
Nhimbe Trust, Skyz Metro, Savannah Trust, OSISA and CITE are some of the organisations that came to the party.