FOLLOWING on the successful 2008 edition,Â the Chimanimani Arts Festival returns to the picturesque town of Chimanimani and will take place during the Africa Day weekend from May 23 to 24. The organisers have laid up an exciting programme to enthrall local crowds and visiting arts lovers.
This years festival has a full programme ofÂ music and arts related performances, exhibitions and workshops. â€“â€“ scheduled performers include sungura superstar Tongai Moyo, Dudu Manhenga, Dino Mudondo andÂ Steve Makoni amongst others. Groups from Music Crossroads and Student Partnership Worldwide (SPW) will complement the festivalâ€™s developmental initiatives, whilstÂ Chimanimani and Manicaland artists will also have the chance to showcase their talents.
Besides showcasing some of Zimbabweâ€™s better known artists and performers, this yearâ€™s festival will also feature SpanishÂ trio â€œDemachenaâ€ and their fusion of mbira, Spanish guitar and percussion- with the support of the Embassy of Spain.
With the additional support of Culture Fund of Zimbabwe, Hivos, British Embassy, Belgium-based Africalia, the US Dept of Public Affairs and M-Web, the event organisers Chimanimani Arts Festival Trust (CAFT) are looking forward to showcasing an expanded cross section of artistic disciplines to give a good representation of what Zimbabwean entertainment has to offer.
Chimanimani is situated 420km from Harare, the Chimanimani Hotel provides the main source of accommodation â€“â€“ otherwise the hotel,Â Heaven Lodge and Bridal Veil Falls all offer good camping facilities (with onsite ablutions) and are all within easy access of the main festival venue. More information on the festival and on Chimanimani in general can be found on the website www.chimanimani.com â€“â€“ Own Correspondent.