As the countdown to Chimanimani Arts Festival due to be held between August 10 and 12 gathers momentum, festival oganisers are hosting a promotional gig tonight at Londoner’s Sports Bar in Strathaven.
The jam-packed line-up of performers features Chiwoniso Maraire, Dino Mudondo, Ba Shupi, Junior Bantan, Apie T, Josh Meck and Tehn Diamond.
The gig is aimed at boosting funds for the festival which is entry-free and non-profit making. It has in the past, relied solely on sponsorship and donations, but organisers are introducing a novel approach this year.
“Our approach this year is different in that we’re making deliberate efforts to fundraise as a way of complementing any sponsorship or donations from well-wishers,” said Chido Musasiwa-Gutu, the festival director.
“We are also urging sponsors to support line items on the festival budget, for instance transport or accommodation, so that they don’ t feel overwhelmed by the entire budget.”
This is the 12th edition of the festival and it promises to be action-filled with several theatre plays, traditional and modern dance, music, drumming, acrobatics, poetry and spoken word showcased at venues during the event.
Spinfest will also be taking part for the first time in the festival, providing festival-goers the chance to see some top-class motor action. Organisers said there would also be several workshops offered to attendees.
Children will be catered for in the Kidszone, another novel element in this year’s festival.