Chimanimani arts festival promises fireworks

THE Chimanimani Arts Festival 2008 scheduled over the Independence long weekend, Friday April 18 to Sunday  April 20, promises to be a rare FREE treat for music and art-lovers of Zimababwe. 

CAF 2008 will be packed with entertainment, and is sure to be a fun-filled getaway in the beautiful Eastern Highlands mountain town.
The festival directors, Thulani Promotions, in conjunction with Chimanimani Arts Festival Trust and Global Arts Trust, and the support of Africalia plan on making the festival bigger than previous editions, a festival in the true sense of the word, and that there will be something for everyone.
Entertainment on offer will include an explosive line-up of musical acts, from superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, Albert Nyathi, maestro Victor Kunonga, Andy Brown & The Storm, ‘Madzibaba’ Nicholas Zachariah, Willom Tight & The Tight Family and many more exciting local artists.  Chimanimani and Mutare-based acts will complement the programme.
Visual arts and crafts will be on display and on sale.
This year a special programme for children’s entertainment has been introduced, featuring Ingo the Clown and friends, poetry and traditional dance, jumping castles and theatre.
Saturday will be marked by a colourful parade through the town, showcasing acrobats, drum majorettes and other entertainers.
Several theatre groups are also in the line-up and the coordinators says that they aim to make Chimanimani a hive of activity.
Representatives from arts organisations, NGOs and diplomatic missions have been invited to attend the festival.
This year’s theme, “It’s Good for the Soul” aptly describes what the festival is all about — enjoy a celebration of all the positive things that life has to offer.  Full bar facilities and catering will be available.
The Chimanimani mountains lie along the Eastern border of Zimbabwe, and are a well-known tourist attraction, ideal for camping and outdoor activities.
Nearest small cities are (approx) Mutare 160kms, Masvingo 290 km. — Own Correspondent.

Top