Umkhathi Theatre Works

All roads lead to Intwasa 2018…

Nkululeko Nkala

I know it’s just a colourful title to the story but I really wish all roads do lead to Intwasa 2018.

The festival is on its 14th run come Tuesday, 25 September. Intwasa has not missed a beat since its inception and even though there have been trying times it has managed to stay afloat.

This year’s programme is slightly bigger than last year’s in that even fringe genres are bigger and getting prime venues and slots.

This year covers visual arts, music, dance, theatre, poetry, literary arts and film. The works at this year’s edition will come from Bulawayo, Matabeleland region, Harare and South Africa.

The festival’s hot ticket events are the ever popular Women, Wine and Words which features women in the city, the Comedy Festival happening at a new venue opposite FBC Bank on 11th Avenue, there is also the ever green City Hall Car Park which this year is even bigger thanks to a partnership with Skyz Metro FM as it houses the second edition of Umcimbi Wabantu which features Soul Brothers from South Africa.

Finally there is the book launch by Sue Nyathi which is coming to Bulawayo for the first time after a successful launch in South Africa.

To watch out for is the theatre programme which will happen at Bulawayo Theatre and features plays that have travelled extensively or plays yet to travel.

The opening day of Intwasa dubbed Intwasa Pre-opening will feature award winning Umkhathi Theatre Works with their latest piece titled Bloom.

It’s dance and music just the way we like it and who best to serve it than Umkhathi? Other plays are 1983 by Jahunda Arts, Blood Tongue by Nhimbe Trust which recently played in Harare to serious acclaim, Rachel 19 by Victory Siyanqoba and liberation which is coming from Harare.

The theatre also plays host to globe-trotting duo of Nobuntu Music and Black Umfolosi who will cover the imbube experience of the festival.

The show is on Friday the 28th. Schools will not be left out at this year’s festival as Nhimbe Trust partnered with Intwasa for a theatre experience by students. Plan are also covering the poetry at the festival.

Workshops are also the order of the day, as the festival will host a teachers’ workshop, a literature master class and a women in arts workshop.

Film makes a return to the festival with the launch of a Gukurahundi documentary which was produced by Zenzele Ndebele who is the director of the Center For Innovation and Technology (Cite).

I am particularly interested in Umcimbi Wabantu as it brings legendary Soul brothers who our parents danced to and we also grew up listening to.

They will be supported by Skyz Metro Djs, Jeys Marabini, Clement Magwaza, Madlela  Skhobokho, Zinjaziyamluma, Khuxman, Msiz Kay, GDA Fire and Dj Eugy among others. Hope to see you at the festival.

Until next week, be safe.@nkuenkala