The countdown to the multi disciplinary spectacle continues with 13 days to go. Intwasa Festival 2011 which kicks of on the 19th of September and ends on the 25th of September 2011 will this year use 7 venues spread around the city which will appeal to different audiences and tastes. The theme for this year’s festival is Art without Boundaries an expression that fits the arts disciplines that are featured in this years programming.
The festival director Mr Baya has said that all the venues have been confirmed for the 65 events. Major highlights to look forward at the different venues are the films that are going to be showcased at the John Knight Cinema at the National Art Gallery. This year the City Hall Car Park has been secured and as usual the main attraction will be the Chibuku stage sponsored by Delta Beverages, at the Car Park. Music revellers are going to be treated to musical performances from foreign and local artists. Unlimited Connect Centre and the National Art Gallery will be hosting several workshops in visual arts, poetry and administration. The Bulawayo Theatre Club will play host to theatre productions from seasoned writers, artists and production houses including some productions from outside the country. There is also the Newsday stage which is the Small City Hall another venue which will prove a hit to the audiences as it will host top acts from within Zimbabwe and abroad. People must prepare themselves to have a hearty laugh at the Amakhosi Elite 400 as it will house a comedy show during the festival. The grand Horizon restaurant and bar will host spectacular poetry and musical performances chief are among them a Jazz concert featuring the best in Zimbabwean music and a foreign artist. The arts without boundaries themed festival will go beyond the CBD and extend the fun to the western areas as usual with dance and theatre at the Stanley Hall and Njube Hall, Njube Hall is a first for Intwasa and its part of an extension drive that will see the festival move to other locations and even other parts of the country in the near future.
This year’s festival will see artists, facilitators and acts from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Swaziland, Kenya, Wales, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The Intwasa 2011 full programme is ready and due for release on Friday, watch this space for more info.