This year’s edition of Intwasa Festival KoBulawayo can best be described as “explosive” considering that it lived up to its billing despite the ugly presence of Covid-19.
Many young artistes were given a chance to portray and tell their own stories through different platforms from short films, dance, poetry to literature and workshops.
Young business initiatives were also supported by Intwasa as youths were given a platform to push their business especially catering, as a way of empowering and sustaining themselves apart from art.
The festivity was a learning curve for many, including the Venda Princess Charmaine Mudau, who is one of the regular faces at Intwasa.
Since her secondary school days, Mudau always graced Intwasa stages as an actress (mostly in theatre), being a participant in workshops and automatically playing a part as Intwasa assistant.
However, in the 17th edition, the National Arts Merit Award (NAMA) winning stellar performer had a chance to be a host, something which she said was a major highlight in her career.
“In the past years, I have mostly been an actress, participant at workshops or an Intwasa assistant.
“Apart from being a story teller on an amazing and talented ensemble that did a presentation at the official opening, this year was a challenge for me.
“I have always been scared of moving from my comfort zone of acting during the festival.
“I was challenged to present/host Conversations with Writers, a segment that focuses on getting to know our Zimbabwean authors better, state of literary arts in Zimbabwe, festivals and literature,” said Mudau.
She is grateful that she faced her fears and took the spotlight.
“I was not sure about it (presenting) but I enjoyed. I was anxious and scared during the process. I made multiple mistakes but I learnt from them.
“Thank you to the team behind the scenes for the support and directing me during the process, and to my amazing guests Philani A Nyoni (PAN), Nonduduzo Ncube, Nkosi Kwanele Ncube and Mihla Sitsha for making me comfortable.
“Thank you to each and every one who believes in my potential. I learn and grow as I go,” said Mudau.