Intwasa Arts Festival Ko Bulawayo which started running on 21 ending on 25 September, has coincided with the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) which is also running on the same week.
Usually, ZITF runs in the month of April. However, due to Covid-19 and lockdown restrictions, this year’s exhibition was shifted to this month.
Speaking at the grand opening show of Intwasa Festival yesterday held at Bulawayo Theatre, the director, Raisedon Baya, said having the festivity running concurrently with ZITF was a great chance for visitors coming from outside Bulawayo to witness the city’s talent.
He said it would be a great deal if the month of September became the official dates of ZITF.
“Despite obstacles and being greatly affected by Covid-19, this year’s edition of the festival is somehow a blessing as it is running on the same dates of ZITF, a platform that accommodates different people from all over Zimbabwe, Africa and the world.
“This is a great deal for the local arts industry as we are able to showcase and sell our products to different targeted audience, who will go on and tell people wherever they come from that Bulawayo is indeed a cultural hub,” said Baya.
To cement Baya’s sentiments, B-Metro showbiz can attest that the grand opening show attracted a diversity of audience.
Different business delegates were in attendance at the gig, which also saw the Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, Postal and Courier Services Dingumuzi Phuthi among the audience.
On the sidelines of the show Phuthi, who is an artiste himself, said it was possible for Intwasa to marry ZITF and have an everlasting union.
“This is not by fate, of course Covid-19 might have led to all these events to happen at the same time, but these can possibly marry each other.
“It is good for business and for also exhibiting the city’s culture and heritage which is amplified and re-ignited at Intwasa,” said Phuthi.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday a film making masterclass workshop started at Zimbabwe Academy of Music from 10am to 4pm. Also at the same venue, there will be a short film screen from 1 pm to 2pm.
At Bulawayo Theatre, a theatre production Secret Of The Siren will be showcased from 6.30pm to 8pm.
On Thursday 23 September, a discussion touching on associations, unions and networks as structures for aiding sustainability in the arts, will be held at the National Gallery in Bulawayo from 11am to 1pm.
At the same venue, there will also be a book launch and public reading from 1pm to 2pm, which will coincide with short films Date Night and Mlamu Wami viewed at the Zimbabwe Music Academy.
At 5pm to 7pm, the National Gallery in Bulawayo will be the venue for two short films #UMJOLO and The Hen That Came Home To Roast.
At Bulawayo Theatre, Umkhathi Theatre Works will be showcasing a musical play Foot Prints from 6pm.
On Friday 24 September, the famous Women Round table will be held at the gallery from 10am to 4pm, while a theatre production The Masks We Wear will be showcased at Bulawayo Theatre from 6pm to 7pm.
From 5pm to 8 pm the gallery will play host to Women Wine and Words.
On the last day of the festival, a beer and braai festival will be held at the gallery’s car park area from 10am to 3pm.
A stand-up comedy night, youth for change concert and Intwasa fashion show are some of the shows that will mark the end of the festivities on 25 September.