Artists from across genres will have a chance to showcase their talents in an inaugural edition of Seke Arts Festival slated for Saturday at Asmara grounds in Chitungwiza.
The one-day annual festival will be complemented by workshops to enlighten artists on a number of issues.
The festival will showcase music, dance, theatre, poetry and visual exhibitions.
Founded in April this year the festival will be running under the theme Resuscitating the Arts in Rural Communities and seeks to facilitate artistic expression among artists mainly drawn from Mashonaland East Province.
“Our major aim is to expose talent and bring huge audiences from different races, ethnic groups and beliefs to celebrate something positive about rural communities,” said the organisers of the festival.
“In Zimbabwe the African drum was largely popularised in Seke district, but in recent years due to many factors such as acculturation and globalisation, very few people can still play the drum.
“Therefore the idea of the festival is to resuscitate and rejuvenate artistic talent in the district and beyond.”
The event is open to everyone and targets schools and the general public in Seke and beyond to benefit through networking and edutainment.
It is envisaged that the festival will enable the use of expressive arts as vehicles for development and transformation for rural communities and the nation at large.
“We are calling on all people from this community to come and showcase their talent and participate in this event. After the first edition it will be running annually,” said the festival organisers.