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ZTA adds Brazilian touch to carnival


ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority, the organisers of the Zimbabwe International Carnival, have stepped up the carnival preparations by bringing in experts from Brazil to assist them with organising the
inaugural event to be held from May 21 to May 26.

Report by Melissa Mpofu

Global Vision from Brazil, a professional carnival organising company, is holding carnival stakeholders’ training programmes this week.

The training is for free and will end on Friday. This morning there will be a costume designs training at Home Industries Hall at Harare Showgrounds.

During the workshops, the Brazilians will present the Brazilian carnival concepts and the general organisation of a carnival adapted to the Zimbabwean culture and carnival reality.

They will also assist with the designing of floats, choreography and costume production, considering that this will be the first time for Zimbabwe to host such an event.

ZTA head of communication Sugar Chagonda said the Brazilian team jetted into the country over the weekend and has been touring Harare to appreciate the Zimbabwean culture and also look at possible routes for the week-long event.

Chagonda said they brought in the Brazilian team because of their experience in organising carnivals.

“The carnival is a new concept in Zimbabwe. We want to work with people who are experienced in the organisation of carnivals and we want to tap into the knowledge and experience of the Brazilians to make our event a success,” he said.

He added that the Zimbabwean carnival — which will be held under the theme “Celebrating our cultural diversity” — would be a meeting place of cultures where various local and international cultural outfits will be showcased.

Meanwhile, those who are interested in participating in the carnival have been urged to register at the ZTA offices for free.

A carnival is characterised by celebrations and entertainment, with performances from various artistes and an array of international food dishes and a family fun day, among other things.

People dress up in the most outrageous costumes, take to the streets and dance to loud music like no one is watching. Such is the mood during a carnival.

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