Masvingo’s Pamushana High School has been invited to South Africa for the Alexandra School Festival scheduled for March 27 in Johannesburg.
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This follows the school’s impressive run at last year’s edition of the Youth Cultural Arts Festival (Yocaf) where their play came out tops.
Interestingly, the school’s fine run has earned them a National Arts Merit Awards nomination although this has brought harsh criticism as arts practitioners have argued that schoolchildren cannot compete at the same level as professionals.
In a letter dated February 5, Olive Tree Theatre Productions — the company responsible for the festival — said the invitation would be part of their cultural exchange programme.
“This exciting festival will take place in South Africa, Johannesburg on the 27th of March 2015. There will be schools in the surrounding areas participating and showcasing their talent,” read the letter.
“We hope to unite and develop the youth through arts and culture and grow this initiative further into Africa.”
Leeroy Gono, Yocaf artistic director said he is excited by the invitation.
“As Yocaf, we are excited about this cultural exchange and this is just the beginning of such initiatives. Our programmes are designed to effect the holistic personal development of young people,” Gono said.
“Apart from the training and mentorship, one of our objectives is to provide an array of opportunities that enable youth to build their competencies, and become engaged as partners in their own development as well as the development of their communities.
“Pamushana High School, Nama nominee for three awards, will be the school going on tour as they are the defending champions.”