THE 61st edition of the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional dance festival set for May 11  to July 27, 2024 will celebrate culture through dance under the theme Tamba Tione, Gida Sibone.

Ten provincial finalists will tough it out at the final national competitions expected to be held on July 27.

In a statement, Delta Corporation marketing director Irimayi Muzorewa said: “Ten provincial finals will be conducted, as a build-up to the nationals, where provincial finalists will compete for the first prize,” he said.

The event, to be held in collaboration with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) and the Zimbabwe National Traditional Dancers Association (ZNTDA), will see winners of provincial competitions walking away with monetary prizes with US$2 500 being the first prize, US$1 500 for the second position and US$1 000 for the third position.

National finalists will walk away with US$15 000 for the first prize winners, US$10 000 for second position and the third prize winner will walk away with US$7 000.

Muzorewa said the Chibuku brand looked forward to an exciting festival this year as it connected with its consumers through culture, dance and heritage.

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To participate in the dance festival, groups should visit their nearest NACZ centre to sign up their respective groups.

“Participants are required to register their groups with NACZ and ZNTDA to be able to participate,” Muzorewa said.

The provincial competitions will be held on May 11 in Matabeleland South at Collen Bawn Bar in Gwanda, the Mashonaland East contest will be on May 11 at Murehwa Camp and Caravan in Murehwa, in Matabeleland North groups will showcase their talents on June 1 at New Tavern Beer Hall in Victoria Falls, while in Mashonaland Central the competitions will be on June 8 at Club 75, Guruve.

In Masvingo they will be on June 8 at Hwiru Beer Hall in Gutu, Midlands June 15 at Vital Lounge in Shurugwi, Harare on June 22 at Padziva Camp and Caravan, Manicaland on June 29 at Mandel Bar, Watsomba in Mutare, Mashonaland West on July 6 at Yolanda Bar in Chinhoyi and Bulawayo on July 13 at Phekiwe.