Bulawayo’s premier arts group, Amakhosi Theatre Productions, has revealed that it will re-launch its Arts Academy early next year.
The academy was popular with young people who jostled for training slots at Amakhosi under the watchful eye of the director, Cont Mhlanga.
Mhlanga said the academy had been put on hold as the economy was performing badly.
Signs of economic revival have however given them hope that they could now kick start the programme that would lead to the growth of the arts industry in Bulawayo.
“Already 14 students have been auditioned and registered for the prestigious 30-member class. We’re still however open for registration,” he said.
He said the “Our Dreams to Fame Competition” has been re-launched after its break, also precipitated by the country’s economic challenges, adding that the competition’s gala will be held on February 26 next year.
He said the centre, situated in Makokoba, recorded more than 12 000 visitors during its summer programme this year, including tourists from South Africa, Austria, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, United States and Norway.
“This was a remarkable achievement given the fact that the centre has had no single tourist visitor for the past six years because of the economic and political conditions in the country during the past decade,” he said.