The seventh edition of the Jibilika Dance Festival is now around the corner, running under the theme “Urban Roots” as it seeks to merge and celebrate traditional and urban dance cultures. The festival aims to promote dance as a vehicle for youth, talent development and a platform for recreation.
A new structure has been put in place this year to increase the scope of the festival. Eight provincial preliminaries will proceed the grand finale. Telling our own dance heritage story to the young people whilst embracing urban trends. Each provincial final will select two groups to represent the province. The crews will be tasked to create a dance piece that fuses traditional dances that represent their province and urban dances. The goal is to get young people to know and appreciate their culture and preserve it at the same time giving them the liberty to be creative and use their own preferred art form thus creating a unique dance style.
We have a generation that is fast loosing identity and our culture continues to be eroded as young people adopt foreign cultures. In view of this sad development we seek to encourage young people to remain rooted in our traditional culture at the same time shining in the urban forms. The drive will not only impact on dancers only but also the various communities they reside in and the general audience. The festival will present a rare fusion of two cultures and two generation. For example a mix of breakdance and Jerusarema.
To date, the Harare preliminary has been set for the 25th of April 2014 at the Book Café. The show will start at 3.00pm. Tickets to attend the event will be going for USD5.00 and will be sold at the entrance. Registration for crews started from the 9th of April throughout the country and groups can register on our facebook page or whatsapp platform as we embrace social media.
The grand finale will be hosted in Harare on the 30th of August where the overall three winners will be crowned and given prizes which we will announce in June.