Educating and entertaining are some of the main goals of the Intwasa Festival.The festival has been running for 13 years in supporting education in a number of ways such as The National Speech Rally Competition which was hosted at the Bulawayo Club in conjunction with Contemporary Affairs Foundation.The event was running under the theme ” Inspiring young people for a better future”.
Three Bulawayo schools battled for the number one spot position. These schools were Milton High which had two teams and Sikhulile High School. The results of the competition saw Milton team B whose speech was under the topic “Dramatic times go with Dramatic measures ” winning the event. They were followed by the Sikhulile high School who also scoped the ‘audience’s choice speaker award” their topic was “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Another team from Milton, team Milton A came third. The Guest of Honour in the event was the Contemporary Affairs Foundation program director Mr Ncube.
Another event that took place during Day three of The Intwasa Arts Festival was the Live literature drama plays which were hosted by the Center For Talent Development at the Bulawayo Theater. The first play of the day was ‘Colour of Hope’ an advanced level set book written by a Kenyan author. The novel was inspired by the Kenyan general elections that were marred by violence back in 2007.The play talks about change in politics and also in the barbaric ancient rules. Despite the main idea of the play being a 21st century incident the play is epic. Discussions were made about the play and the novel among the audience panel with a number of comments applauding the actors of being able to imitate the Kenyan accent and also for the stage props. The play casts were students from various institutions. Another play that was showcased on Day Three was “Dancing in the dust”.
Around 5:30 pm all roads were leading to Bulawayo Theater for a play written by Nonhlalo Dube and produced by Sithandazile Dube- Untikolotshi.
Later the big event of the day which was the comedy night was hosted by the British Council in partnership with Umahlekisa comedy night. Viv Groskop, Doc Vikela, Gonyeti, Babongile and Ntando Van and Q the Boss graced the stage.
By Tapiwa Rubaya