THE Albert Nyathi Talent Search (ANTs) programme is this year set to be bigger, with the addition of other genres on the annual competition solely meant for school-going children.
The event has been slated for on March 27 at Eveline High school, coinciding with the World Theatre Day.
One of the organisers of the event, Thabani Hillary Moyo said they have since introduced visual art, written poetry and essay on top the usual categories; drama, poetry, music and dance.
“The date for the ANTs is significant as we are holding it this month which is World Theatre Day. This is the day when we celebrate drama, poetry, music; dance and applied visual art. It is also a day when we encourage adults to support young people identify and celebrate their talents in the creative arts,” Moyo told Daily News.
He further noted that there will be prizes with Dairibord continuing to support the event while the Canadian Embassy has also come on board.
“They (Embassy) will be supporting written poetry; essay writing and visual arts where we are pushing the theme ‘Boys and Men say NO to Gender-based Violence’. The embassy is also coming in handy with helping us acquire trophies for the participants.”
Moyo said the package for the winners will include an August camp where both the northern and the southern winners will go through a two-week mentoring programme.
“Remember this event is not only about identifying talent it is also about growing it. This time there is the northern region which covers Harare province and other province. This is testimony that the event is growing. The northern province will have their competitions in the month of July.”
Nyathi himself is expected to be the guest and performer at the event.
Nyathi has in the past groomed several artists that have become brand names in the creative industry.
ANTs is, however, not a new initiative as it started in 1998 and took place at Mpopoma High School. In the past it has attracted learners as far afield as Binga, Plumtree, Tsholotsho and Gweru in addition to schools in Bulawayo and surrounding areas. At the time it was run under the banner of Imbongi Arts Talent Search.