THE Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival enters the final lap this Saturday at the Harare Gardens.
The annual contest will see 10 provincial winners from across the country battling for honours.
Winners of the competition will walk away $4 000 richer while first and second runners-up will pocket $3 000 and $2 000 respectively.
Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association finance and marketing executive Nyadzai Mirisawu said preparations were on course with all the participants raring to go.
“We are happy with preparations for the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival finals and want to express our gratitude to Delta Beverages and the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe for their support of the festival,” Misirawu said.
“We invite the public to come through and enjoy the best of traditional dance from across the country.”
Groups that will participate are Nengoma Cultural Arts from Mashonaland West, Swerengoma Arts (Mashonaland Central), Ngoma Dzepasi Dance Group (Mashonaland East), Chitukuko Zambia Nyau Club (Harare Province), MUSA Prison (Masvingo), Beni Arinoti Redwing (Manicaland), Simunye Arts (Matabeleland North), Sekunjalo Ma-Africa (Bulawayo), Zikuvave Zambia Nyau (Midlands) and How Mine Chimtali (Matabeleland South).
Mirisawu said Bulawayo-based Umkhathi Theatre Works, who came top last year, would grace the event as guest performers.
The Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival is a programme organised by the Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association and the National Arts Council and sponsored by Delta Beverages’ Chibuku brand.
The festival, which turns 51 this year, is one of the longest-running arts sponsorship programmes in the country.
Launched in 1963, the Chibuku Neshamwari franchise is the biggest arts sponsorship of its size and reach in the country.