Bulawayo will host the National Jikinya Dance Festival finals at Amphitheatre today, with all provinces being represented by first prize best schools in their respective provinces.
The festival that is held annually by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ), aims at encouraging primary school children to appreciate and perform Zimbabwean traditional dances thus promoting and safeguarding Zimbabwe’s cultural heritage.
The theme is “Celebrating Zimbabwe Through Dance” a theme that encourages all communities to participate in safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage values and norms through traditional dance.
NACZ is honoured to host officials from National Arts Council of Zambia who will be coming to Zimbabwe to exchange notes as well as attend Jikinya Dance Festival. This visit is in the spirit of the MOU that the two Arts Councils are going to finalise soon.
National Arts Council of Zimbabwe having introduced compulsory (common) dances as an integral component for Jikinya Dance Festival noted that they is need to equip adjudicators with the requisite standard adjudication knowledge. NACZ then introduced national adjudication training workshops and this year the workshops were held in both the Southern and Northen region. The first adjudicators’ workshop was held in Masvingo at Charles Austin Hall on 20th October, in Bulawayo on 30th October at MacKetarn Primary School, Harare it was held at Education Services Centre on 1st November and lastly in Mutare on 2nd November at Courtauld Theatre.