All set for the Zimbabwe Arts Festival

Charity Ruzvidzo

Organisers of the inaugural Zimbabwe Arts Festival (ZARTS) say all is set for the country’s biggest festival dedicated purely to the celebration and promotion of local artists.

The two-day festival starts on Friday and ends on Saturday at Alexandra Sports Club with performances from various local artists who include Mc Chita, Chikwata 263, Ammara Brown, Winky D, Trevor Dongo , Oliver Mtukudzi, Mbira Dzenharira  and Ex Q among others.

ZARTS founding director, Rumbidzai Mudenge, said the festival will focus on celebrating the good work done by local artists.

“We are prepared to host this festival which will has a plethora of local artists from music, dance, theatre, sculptors, poetry, fashion designers, martial artists and a stand-up comedy.

“It is vital that all Zimbabweans have an opportunity to be exposed to all the great art work that has been created by local artists. Our Zimbabwean artists are very hard working and are making ground breaking achievements worldwide. It is time that they are not only celebrated in foreign lands but in their own home as well,” she said.

Mudenge said families will also be catered for at the festival.

“The Zimbabwe Arts Festival has made sure it is a fun filled day for the family. Jumping castles and kids games will be there. The programme has entertainment for the whole day for those families who do not want to stay out late,” she said.

Tickets for the show are going for $10.

The festival will also host a fashion extravaganza competition with 10 upcoming artists contesting for a $500 first place price and $200 second place price.

Besides artistes’ performances, there will also be music and dance workshops, zumba classes and painting classes to entertain people.

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