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15/01/2015 00:00:00
by Showbiz Reporter

THE popular annual Youth Cultural Arts Festival (Yocaf) will this year be held from July 30 – August 1 running under the theme ‘I Will ACT Now!’

The Masvingo-based festival, which enters its 5th edition this year, has grown over the years and organisers have revealed that this year the festival will adopt a new format. 

Owing to overwhelming response from the schools and the growth of the festival, we will this year be introducing Yocaf Provincial Preliminaries,” said Leeroy Gono, Yocaf Artistic Director.

Explaining the theme, one of the board members of Yocaf, Professor Herbert Chimhundu said: “the theme for this year can be interpreted on so many levels …


“I – is reflective of the self or society; Will – shows commitment and confidence; ACT – is to do, a very clear agenda; Now – there is no need for procrastination. When young people speak with such resolve and confidence, it gives hope for the future.”

Gono added: “Yocaf attempts to fill the need for the development of dramatic art in the provinces and the nation at large.

“Zimbabweans are extremely expressive and have a rich history of music, drama and dance.

“The political and social situation of the country is such that theatrical expression is vital to provide a form of entertainment as well as an avenue for discussion and public dialogue for artists and audiences alike.

“As we celebrate our 5th edition, we challenge daughters, sons, mothers and fathers to act now. Good quality theatre will build more interest in theatre; more interest in theatre will in turn build more good quality theatre.”

The Yocaf Provincial preliminaries will initially be held in five provinces namely, Masvingo, Manicaland, Midlands, Bulawayo and Harare.

The difference with this year’s festival is that schools have to qualify for the grand fete. From each qualifying stage, three top schools will get the opportunity to battle it out at the finals in Masvingo.

The Preliminaries will be held in the months of March and April and all schools interested to be part of the program should register by February 6, 2015.

After its launch last year, the Walter Muparutsa award remains the biggest accolade that is up for grabs this year. The other 2 awards are the Professor R. Zvobgo and Doug Hill award.

The festival has forged partnerships and over the years which have seen some of the schools performing at the top events, including HIFA, Intwasa and cultural exchange programs with other countries in the region.

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