‘Arts sector landscape set to completely change’


INTERNATIONALLY-acclaimed dance group Iyasa says the arts industry will never be the same post the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic which has brought the whole world to a screeching halt.

The statement by the multi-award-winning Iyasa comes at a time many experts across the globe have predicted a new world order post the pandemic.

Iyasa, known for their annual globe-trotting jaunts, were one of those various acts hugely affected by the pandemic, leaving them with no option but to plan into the future.

“We believe the world of entertainment and arts will never be the same. A lot will change and we are playing it by the ear to see how best to adapt and fit into the future.

“Travel regulations are likely to change as the virus will not be gone overnight. Management of events, shows, festivals among most of our work is likely to be a challenge for a long time to come so we are cautiously optimistic and preparing our organisation and artistes for any likely extremes,” Iyasa director Nkululeko Dube told the Daily News.

Dube, however, noted that while they have adhered to the stay-at-home call as a measure to curb the spread of the disease, it has not been a stroll in the park for their members.

“It’s been a very difficult time but through our social media platforms we are in contact with all our artists and most importantly doing our best to keep them inspired.

“We do encourage them to stay fit and work out at home and most of them are doing exactly that with some of them posting their work on social media to motivate others,” he said.

Dube said while they admit having been greatly short-changed by the pandemic, it was not time to cry over spilt milk but to “use the time to prepare work for the future and plan projects.”

Iyasa were forced to postpone their annual international tour, an annual schools programme Isiphiwo Sami Talent Search in partnership with the city of Bulawayo and funded by Culture At Work Africa.

“We had to postpone several private and corporate events that were scheduled locally and in neighbouring countries and our own training programme,” Dube said.

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