All set for Shangano Arts Festival

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Jeffrey Muvundusi
in BULAWAYO
HWANGE will this year play host to Matabeleland North’s annual mobile Shangano Arts Festival.
The arts fiesta which is being hosted by Hwange based Shangano Arts Trust  will run for two days kicking off on December 29 and end the following day.
According to the organisers, the event will be separated into two, with the first day being for workshops and the other for performing arts.
“December 29 is a workshop for leaders of groups in Mat North on Constitution awareness, leadership skills, arts management and SRHR. December 30 will be for performance by groups, theatre, dance, music, poetry and storytelling,” Shangano Arts Festival director Petros Ndlovu told the Daily News.
Running under the theme ‘Celebrating Mat North’ this year due to Covid-19 regulations, the festival is going to be held at Hwange Little Theatre while being live streamed on Shangano Arts Trust Facebook page.
“More than ten groups such as Vulindlela, Pezhuba pachena from Hwange, Bolamba from Gwanda, Penpusher Lawrence Moyo a Hwange poet, Euner Muzamba a poet, Providence Moyo a Tsholotsho poet, Jonathan Moyo a.Lupane poet and
Divara, Rasfidzo,Rascal, all musicians from Hwange will perform during the festival,”Ndlovu said.
Also billed to perform at the festival are Matsosangwao Cultural Dance group from Botswana. The group which is based in Kasane are multi award winning.
The group has performed in India New Delhi, and New York for New York Times Festival.
However, due to Covid-19 regulation, the group’s performances will be showcased online live from Botswana
Shangano as a festival started in 2017. Since then it has been mobile in different places of Mat North which include Binga, Victoria Falls, Lupane, Tsholotsho and Dete among others.
According to Ndlovu, Shangano is meant to celebrate cultural diversity in the region, Tonga, Nambya,Ndebele, Shona,Nyanja groups come together to celebrate together through dance, music, theatre and poems.

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