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    80 groups participate at Dzimbahwe Arts Festival



    SIMBARASHE MTEMBO

    MASVINGO - Dzimbahwe Arts Festival, one of the fastest growing cultural preservation festivals has marked yet another successful annual carnival which was widely attended by participants and delegates from across the country.
    The three day festival was held at the Great Zimbabwe Law School where an educational seminar was held, at the Charles Austin Theatre and Mamutse Stadium where theatrical performances and a musical gala were held respectively.
    The festival ran under the theme, 'Embracing Cultural Diversity through The Arts' and it was officially opened by Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) Vice Chancellor Professor Rungano Zvogbo on Saturday night at the Charles Austin Theatre.
    The festival was marked by drama, music, dance, poetry and workshops which were aimed at reclaiming and restoring the Zimbabwean culture and increase business incubation through harnessing culture for economic development.
    Over 80 groups and individuals participated in the three day course festival with 16 colleges and 6 universities including Harare and Bulawayo Polytechnics, Chinhoyi, Midlands and Lupane Universities and Bondolfi Teachers College among others.
    Some of the traditional acts that took to stage include Dzimbabwe Dance Group which won the Chibuku NeShamwari Traditional Dance Tournament this year and Maringire Junior Traditional Dance Group among others.
    "We are happy with the turnout this year; the program is striving to ensure that culture is not lost and at the same time we want to explore culture for its economic value in order to develop our economy," said Dr William Zivenge who is the chairperson of Dzimbahwe Arts Festival.
    Dzimbahwe Arts Festival began in 2007 as a brain child of President Robert Mugabe who bemoaned the loss of culture in the country and the program has been held for the past 9 years.
    The festival is aimed at restoring and preserving Zimbabwean culture and lately it has become a platform where culture is used to develop the economy with cultural symbols such as dance, music and sights being used to boost tourism in the country.
    "We hope that we will be able to develop the festival into an international annual event and assist in preserving culture and we have chiefs with us to approve and authenticate culture," said Zivenge.
    The event was graced by Great Zimbabwe University Vice Chancellor, Professor Rungano Zvogbo and Chiefs Nemauzhe, Murinye, Chitanga and Nhema among others.
    The festival is sponsored by Great Zimbabwe University.
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