Byo dance expo preps on course



BULAWAYO Dance Expo (BuDE), the brainchild of the Drums of Peace (DoP) and Ulemu Arts, has started preparations for the International Dance Day commemorations held annually on April 29.

Established in 1982, International Dance Day is a global celebration of dance, created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute, the main partner for the performing arts of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

In an interview with NewsDay Life & Style, dance expo organiser Lewis Ndlovu said they were targeting 30 women participants across sectors at the event to be held under the theme Celebrating Sisters in Arts: Future Dancers and Musicians at Thabiso Youth Centre in Bulawayo.

“At this year’s celebrations, we want to bring together female drummers that include honourable, influential women, journalists, artists from both performing and visual to come together and play at the same time on the same platform producing the unique sound and with one voice to celebrate this day,” he said.

“The female visual artists will be invited to capture moments from the performance proceedings through fine art and sketching. Acoustic female artists will be invited to grace the occasion and some will play mbira, drums and sing.”

He said they were closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, adding that if the regulations were relaxed, they would physically host the event. If not, they would do it virtually.

“I am sure audiences would appreciate more acts included in dance performances, starting with the classical arts, music, painting, poetry as well as more modern forms like multimedia, photography, lighting and sound design,” Ndlovu said.

He said they were looking for partnerships for the expo to be bigger and better.

“This is our sixth edition celebrating this day and it has been a good experience, but sponsorship has been a challenge to make it a big event,” he said.

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