BY SHARON SIBINDI
A NUMBER of female artists across genres will take turns to entertain guests at an event meant to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child in Bulawayo on Saturday.
The day of the girl child is celebrated annually on October 11.
The Bulawayo event is courtesy of Youth for Innovation Trust in partnership with ActionAid, National Art Gallery and Umahlekisa Comedy.
Youth for Innovation Trust managing director Thando Gwinji told NewsDay Life & Style yesterday that female artists will use humour and comedy to address local governance issues at the event.
“The event is dubbed: ‘Do Everything Funny,’ it is more of humour for social change as we will use humour in poetry, music and painting.
“They will be specifically looking at gender responsive public services because we are looking at the girl child and how she is affected by issues of governance,” she said.
“We are going to celebrate the day a bit earlier because the involvement and the participation of young women in different issues of local governance is important. We also need to strengthen their participation in such events.”
Gwinji said at the event they would also look at issues such as service delivery and how responsive it is to gender issues, transport crisis, health and sanitation and access to basic public services.
“We are saying we should talk about these issues a little bit deeper and see if artists can connect to these issues,” she said.
“After the event, we will carry on engaging on local governance issues and bring back Her Wednesdays where artists will come to interface with local leaders and talk about local governance issues as well.”
Among the artists, who are set to perform at the event are Thandy Dhlana, Aejay August, Stewie Le Savage and Luchi Shiki.
Gwinji said the artists planned to stage a play at the Bulawayo Theatre early in November to address similar issues.
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