Bulawayo’s celebrated theatre ensemble Khaya Arts Productions, are set to launch an arts academy on 12 April, which will go a long way in grooming young talent and encourage youths to stay away from drugs.
The academy will be housed at Tshabalala Opera Arena.
Speaking to B-Metro, Khaya Arts Productions director Future Dube said the art school would offer lessons in theatre, dance, music and instrument playing.
“It has always been a dream for us to have our own academy which will allow us to pass on knowledge to the younger ones. We are finally excited that our dream has come to fruition.
“Through the academy, we will refrain youngsters from engaging in drug and substance abuse as we will keep them busy with extracurricular activities like theatre performance, dance, music as well as instrument playing.
“We are targeting the youngsters because they are the future of tomorrow, so there is a need for us to catch them young before they are fully exposed to the cruel world.
“We are aiming at reducing the number of youths who are into drugs and substance abuse. We also want to reduce idleness among students as they will be attending the School of Arts after their academic lessons, at a place where they will discover their talents,” said Dube.
Dube said people should expect to see several performances by Khaya Arts on the day of the academy launch.
“As the main members, we have to lead by example and we will do so by performing at the academy launch. We encourage businesspeople and the entire community to come and support our initiative, as we fight against drug abuse by giving youths a chance to discover and perfect their talent,” said Dube.
Khaya Arts Productions was nominated thrice at the National Arts Merits Awards (Nama) for Best Choreographer, Best Female Dancer and Best Dance Group.