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Jibilika roars into life

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THE annual Jibilika Dance Festival hype roars to life with the registration for crews through social networks Facebook and WhatsApp platform commencing today.

WINSTONE ANTONIO

Harare will be the first to hold auditions with the provincial preliminaries slated for April 25 at the Book Café.

The seventh edition of the festival will run under the theme Urban Roots and will present a rare fusion of breakdance and Jerusarema.

Speaking to NewsDay, Jibilika projects director Plot Mhako said preparations were already in progress with a new structure in place to increase the scope of the festival.
“This year each provincial final will select two groups to represent the province. The crews will be tasked to create a dance piece that fuses traditional dances that represent their province and urban dances,” he said.

Mhako said the goal was to get young people to know and appreciate their culture and preserve it at the same time giving them the liberty to be creative and use their own preferred art form, thus creating a unique dance style.

He said this year’s theme would seek to encourage young people to remain rooted in local traditional cultures while at the same time shining in the urban forms.

“We are pleased about the growth of the festival from strength to strength as proven by the overwhelming support from dancers across the country, the general public and the corporate world,” Mhako added.

He said eight provincial preliminary would proceed to the grand finale which would be hosted in the capital on August 30 with three overall winners crowned.

Jibilika Dance Festival provides an edutainment forum for local youths drawn from all the country’s 10 provinces through various arts activities promoting dance as a vehicle for youth, talent development and a platform for recreation.

Since inception, the festival, which was created to promote and nurture talent has propelled a number of artists and dance groups to great heights, getting them contracts with local and international promoters.

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