By Lindsay Chiswe
Preparations for the 5th Let Them Annual Schools Arts Festival are at an advance stage with the event organiser’s promising to give the crowd value for their money.
The two day festival is set for the 7th to the 8th of July 2017 at the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show grounds (in the Fun Park Arena) and is running under the theme “No Limits”
In an interview with Alexander Zezuru “Rockstar” Muringani the Social Media Liaison Officer said, that emphasis for this year’s theme is to give power to the children.
“Previous years, we have given these schools theme lines and guidelines, so we thought this year let’s see, how they can create their own creative destiny and how they can express themselves. So we are not limiting them confining them into a box and say do acts on certain topics. We want them to give out a narrative of what is going on in their world, schools and the society at large. We want to bring out limitations from the usual AIDS issues and Child abuse topics, hence the theme No Limits.”
With 31 schools including Murehwa, Masvingo Bulawayo and Chinhoyi having confirmed their participation to date, the festival promises to put out sterling acts which will thrill the crowds. Last year’s winners of the festival Vimbainashe Learning institute are set to defend their title once again.
This year Meals on Wheels came up with a trophy to sponsor the Best Poet, a shot in the arm for the festival which previously only had the Let Them Trust Trophy which was awarded to the best theatre group/ School
Schools will be competing in the following categories, theatre which has a theme on peace, poetry, craft, dance, fashion, art and music.
Let Them Trust, who are behind the festival is a child oriented creative educational and cultural entertainment initiative that aims to create a platform for young people to unleash their artistic talent and also to engage them in discussions which centre on issues affecting them like HIV and AIDS, social stigma and classes, children’s rights and preservation of cultural heritage.
To date, Let Them Trust acts as a bridge to close the gap between the schools and the real arts world and is aimed at harnessing youth talent , educating and empowering children who are keen to be the in arts industry.
The new educational curriculum has seen most schools giving priority to the arts and culture area which was being marginalised in the old curriculum. In this line, Let Them Trust has incorporated, the Ministry of Rural Development & Preservation of National Cultural Heritage which will be represented by Dr Sangwanda the Principal Director of the ministry to officiate at the festival together with Dr Reverend Roy Musasiwa from Theology School in Domboshawa.
A festival of this magnitude cannot be held and run without the very generous and unwavering support of many different individuals, sponsors and partners. This include Econet, Umax, Chido Advertising, Ian Prints, Rank Stationary, Hitbay Mobile Toilets , National Arts Council Meals on Wheels, Zimbabwe Agricultural Society, Zifm, Lobels biscuits, Delta Shumba Maheu,Ster Kinekor, Stage Con, The Events Company, Simmad Entertainment, Dandemutande amongst other sponsors.
Mr Muringani encouraged parents to support their children at the festival. “The whole initiative of the festival is to support these children. If they decide to venture in the creative arts industry, parents should support the children, as the arts industry has now become a lucrative industry were one can make a living out of it”.
2 days of non-stop entertainment
Gates Open 8.30 am- 5pm
Admission – $ 1
0ver 35 participating schools
- Primary Schools, High schools, and Colleges
Musicians Performing Include
Dr Oliver Mutukudzi, Ammara Brown, Tammy, Chengeto Brown, Edith WeUtonga, Pro Beats
Those who are willing to exhibit at the festival can contact Fungai Matewe on
0776438729 or Chidochemoyo Musasiwa-Gutu on
0772 506 506, 04310 360, 0731 506 506