The long awaited once a year culture festival, Intwasa Arts Festival has roared into action with celebrations taking place till Sunday across the City of Kings. It’s all about Women, Wines and Words this year.
It is crystal evident to say that the girl child is at the heart of Intwasa as the festival has seen events tailor-made for women cutting through all ages.
The 100 voices, poetry for school girls was set ablaze by the colourful umbrella styled showcase on the first day of the festival.
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While most of the public is intrigued and put to smiles by sexual talk, Intwasa Arts Festival has for this year’s fanatics in-store a perfect event labelled Vagina Monologues which is undoubtedly inspired by the well-known Eve Ensler.
Ensler renders a motivation to women to be bold to speak out about their hidden nature which at first they were shy to open up about, subscribing to her book.
“I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues . . . At first women were reluctant to talk.
“They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn’t stop them. Women secretly love to talk about their vaginas. They get very excited, mainly because no one’s ever asked them before.”
B-Metro managed to get in touch with Intwasa spokesperson, Raisedon Baya and he said: “The Vagina Monologues is an international play which we have localised to empower women and talk about issues affecting them in all walks of life.”
In the opening ceremony Ezimnyama and Bolamba dance groups collaborated to deliver master art presentation to raise the curtains for the much anticipated festival.
“It was quite a good piece that we showcased at the opening ceremony and we hope to continue working with Ezimnyama and other traditional dance groups in order to popularise the Zimbabwean culture worldwide,” said Mthabisi Dube, director of Bolamba dance group.
The Intwasa Festival pot has all kinds of dishes to serve everyone, family shows, children’s shows and adult only content and it is all going to be showcased in the Bulawayo central business district venues, Bulawayo Theatre, National Gallery, City Hall car park and Hope Centre.
It has been a norm that the fiesta folds on Saturday but this time around, cards have changed as the organisers had a lot to serve and the festival stretches to Sunday.