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Intwasa organisers release 2015 calendar
07/01/2015 00:00:00
by Showbiz Reporter

Bulawayo's biggest arts event, Intwasa Festival KoBulawayo has announced its 2015 dates and theme. 

The spring festival will this year be held from September 21 to 26, under the theme: “My Intwasa, Your Intwasa, Our Intwasa, Lets make it bigger together”.

The one week festival takes place in several spaces within the city of Bulawayo. To date Intwasa has hosted regional and international artistes from Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa, United States of America, UK, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Zambia, among a host of other countries.

Speaking on this year's theme, festival director, Raisedon Baya, said festivals have always been part of human experience.

"Festivals are deeply rooted in the history of human kind, defining communities and relationships between people and their environments. Festivals are all about bringing people together and creating new, meaningful and memorable experiences. 

"Festivals encourage interaction, understanding and respect between different cultures and ethnic groups. People come to festivals to meet other people and to experience the transforming power of the arts," said Baya.

As the festival focuses on the next 10 years, it will focus more on community engagement to create a sense of community ownership among the people of Bulawayo.

"The refocus seeks to encourage Bulawayo and its different communities to be involved, one way or another, in the festival. 2015 is about taking the festival to the people. It is about community engagement, participation and identifying with the festival, thus the theme My Intwasa, Your Intwasa, Our Intwasa," said Baya.

He also called upon artists who want to be part of this year's festival to submit their applications.

"Intwasa is looking at new, exciting, cutting edge work in music, theatre, spoken word, literature, dance and visual arts. Interested artists can download the application form from our website or call 09-63928 for more information. The deadline for application is 30 April 2015," said Baya.


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