Artists eagerly await the opening of the new Book Café following the closure of the original venue at Five Avenue shopping centre at the end of last year.
The original café and its sister venue The Mannenberg were closed on instruction from owners of the complex.
The new Book Café is situated along Samora Machel Avenue and will open on March 8.
Various artists have applauded the establishment of the new venue.
Chiwoniso Maraire, who performed at the old Book Café regularly, said it was a positive move that will allow her to reconnect with her music lovers, who usually attended her shows at the old venue.
“I had been performing there and people received my music well, so the opening of this new venue will take us far. I am sure as soon as it opens musicians will queue for an opportunity to perform there,” said Chiwoniso.
Popular rasta kwasa musician Dino Mudondo said he was willing to book a slot to perform in the early days of the reopening.
“I have seen the new venue and the place is so big. It is going to open doors for my goal to reach out to my fans away from the mass market,” said Mudondo
Victor Kunonga said the place was central and will be accessible to more fans.
“It is so encouraging and the place is good for us as established musicians and for upcoming musicians. Upcoming artists should utilise the venue to get exposure,” said Kunonga.
Popular poet Flow Child Marangwanda said she had always been happy at Book Café performing her poetry.
“Book Café is well a known venue for poetry slams and various discussions that benefit artists. I am happy that it is back,” said Marangwanda.
Stand-up comedian Doc Vikela said it was a positive move not only to artists, but to the nation at large.
“Various discussions were held at Book Café and they benefited everyone who attended. We are happy to have the discussions again,” said Vikela.