Facelift for Jibilika fiesta

ORGANISERS of the annual Jibilika Festival have this year incorporated new flair to the festivity by adding an extra day, making it a three-day affair, to include more youth culture elements.

BY ANESU MUSHAWATU

Jibikila programmes manager Vera Chisvo

The festival, scheduled for October 11 to 13, will run under the theme, Renewal and Wow- Renewow in the central business district of Harare, but with other outreach events set for locations such as Mbare and Highfields.

Jibikila programmes manager Vera Chisvo, said the fiesta, which is now in its eleventh year, has outgrown dance to become a platform to develop and empower young artistes.

“We want to develop and empower a complete young artiste by offering various skills and exposure as well as opportunities and this year is expected to be more exciting than the previous years,” she said.

“The new format brings new energy, new imagination, new elements and a ‘wow’ factor. It challenges young people to dream and paint a new beautiful Zimbabwe”.

The new elements, Chisvo said, included a music concert which seeks to create space for upcoming talented musicians to perform before a larger audience.

She said they had roped in popular music review blog Earground to host a music concert dedicated to emerging voices that are talented but lack platforms.

The festival will also host Germany ballet, hip-hop and contemporary dance expert Stephanie Korner, who will share the stage with the festival’s dance group, Strictly for Girls (S4G), at the show’s opening.

Vera said the fete will include various elements of youth culture as they will be working with cheerleaders, skaters, graffiti artists, fashion designers, musicians and dancers.

The trust has partnered B2C Co-working Space, Zimbabwe-German Society, Alliance Francaise, TV Yangu and PEPFAR, among others, and will this year host Rival Skool workshop and 1vs 1 hip hop battle on October 12 and 13.

The trust is still accepting applications and registrations for the festival until October I .

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