The opening day of the 7th edition of the Intwasa Arts Festival which kicks off on the 19th of September 2011 is a day dedicated to the women in arts. The day kicks off with a “women in arts workshop” at Unlimited Connect Centre which will cover the following topics; image and stage craft, cherry factor, internet and publicity, dealing with audiences, musicians and crew,HIV/AIDS and the artist and basic copyrights with question and answer facilitated by top and influential women in the arts industry.
At 6pm a British Council sponsored theatre piece The Comeback plays at the Bulawayo Theatre, The Comeback is a beautifully written and acted story about Eli, who returns home from the UK to rediscover herself and touch base with her roots after a miserable and rather unsuccessful stint abroad. She wants to pick up the pieces of her broken life through a musical show called the comeback. This story is written by Sifiso Mabhena and Directed by Leeroy Gono.
The day is capped by a performance which will leave the discerning listener blown away by the angelic yet so original voices, a clue where the groups soul lives- in the past, now and the future, appealing to all ages and cutting through all genres this is Bismillahi Gargar the four piece Somali/Kenyan outfit who are at Intwasa for the first time courtesy of Alliance Francaise presenting ethnic North African melodies. Bismillahi Gargar is a collective group of women of Somali origin from Garissa, North eastern Kenya. The groups name is derived from the Somali words bismillahi meaning “in the name of Allah” and Gargar meaning “joining or bringing together”.