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Support BCCa��s Christmas initiative

Nkululeko Nkala

December is the climax or rather month with the moniker a�?festive seasona�? all about celebration and giving.

Hence the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has for many years held celebrations to that effect with a night of carols, switching on of lights at Centenary Park and Nketa Park Celebrations with local artistes.

This year is no different, the carols happened last week Thursday, at Nketa Park in Mpopoma the event takes place from tonight until Sunday and then next week Tuesday we move over to Centenary and Central parks for Christmas Lights and Nativity Scene respectively.

These events have been happening for years to little noise. But to council they are huge. I had the pleasure of being part of the organising committee and to sit on the same desk with engineering, housing, health, security and public relations departments among others.

The commitment is amazing. I see the future value of these events. I see Jason Moyo Street a huge hit with locals as street shows and food markets become the order of the day. Go to Europe or even South Africa and see how popular these street markets are.

Nketa Park is another potential gold mine with serious marketing. City Council houses most of Bulawayoa��s creatives by offering them rehearsal spaces, either at halls, youth centres and other council spaces.

Throughout the year creatives entertain all over but for the three days set by council, they all converge on Nketa Park in Mpopoma to entertain audiences. Imagine the crA?me de la crA?me of the City in one space for the festivities. I am amazed at this yeara��s line-up which features award winning Iyasa, Jeys Marabini, Sandra Ndebele, Ezimnyama, Black Umfolosi and Umkhathi Theatre among others.

Ita��s not everyday that the line-up pencilled for Nketa Park is available for free for audiences to enjoy. Day one which marks the official opening proceedings will see Salvation Army staging a nativity play, Iluba Lemvelo, Black Umfolosi , Jeys Marabini and the Switching on of lights by the Bulawayo Mayor Councillor Martin Moyo.

Saturday will see hip-hop sensation Msiz Kay share the stage with poet Mazilankatha, Simunye Simunye, Khaya Arts, Umdumo Wesizwe, Umkhathi Theatre, Sungura Masters, Kaisa and Harsh Touch among others.

Sunday will see musician and dance sensation Sandra Ndebele share the stage with Cool Crooners, Bambelela Arts, Jaiva Arts, Ezimnyama and Phephindaba.

The array of artistes will present works ranging from theatre, dance, music, storytelling and poetry. The final installation of the Christmas festivities will be held at Centenary Park next week on the 21st.A� Alongside these festivities City Council will close off 8th Avenue for traders and business alike to showcase their work on the streets.

A fashion show is pencilled for the street showcase which runs from 20 December to 01 January 2018.

Until next week, be safe . . .
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