The renowned annual Chimanimani Arts Festival is back in the mountainous space for three-day festival that will witness musicians, actors and dancers taking turns to entertain revelers.
Festival producer Walter Mparutsa of Global Arts said this year’s edition was an eye opener to lovers of culture.
“What we are looking at is doing something different but empowering. We are looking at making this community a part of this in a big way. So we will get a number of traditional groups from chiefdoms in the Chimanimani area to present largely cultural acts,” said Mparutsa.
“The chiefs will also be there to share cultural and traditional values with youths and other festival-goers as we strive to bridge the widening generation gap.
“It is our aim to see our arts products reflecting our culture and there will be a number of workshops towards such issues during the festival.”
According to the programme Chief Ngorima will lead the opening ceremony.
The local catchment area for the festival includes people under chiefs Kuhlanga, Mutambara, Muusha and Makoni.
The festival is supported by Delta’s Lion Lager, the Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation and Osisa.
The Chikukwa and Ndiadzo traditional dance ensembles made up of elderly dancers deserve special mention. There will also be the likes of Jusa Mupositori, Senior Musareketa, Ngangu and Mberiotose, to mention a few.