Preparations for 2017 National Jikinya Dance Festival to be held at Amphitheatre in Bulawayo on the 24th November 2017 are at advanced stages and all provinces will be 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 Guest of Honour at this year’s Jikinya Dance Festival celebrations is the Minister of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Honourable Makhosini Hlongwane.
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 also 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.
The training workshops enhances uniformity in the adjudication process ensuring that the authenticity and originality of both the common and own choice dances are safeguarded in line with the overall goal of the Jikinya Dance Festival. At this years’ festival schools will showcase a dance of their choice as well as the Muchongoyo dance. Jikinya Dance Festival is a partnership programme between NACZ and National Association of Primary Heads (NAPH) and is proudly sponsored by Delta Corporation.
Attendance to all Jikinya events including the National Jikinya Dance Festival event is free. Meanwhile, Provincial Jikinya Dance Festivals started Last week on Friday and below is the schedule,
|Mashonaland Central||10/11/17||Mount Darwin Primary School Mount Darwin|
|Mashonaland West||10/11/17||Pakare Paye Arts Centre Norton|
|Matebeleland South||10/11/17||Welton Primary School Beitbridge|
|Manicaland||14/11/17||Chancellor Primary School Mutare Urban|
|Mashonaland East||15/11/17||Mbuya NeHanda Hall Marondera Urban|
|Matebeleland North||16/11/17||Inyathi High School Bubi|
|Harare||17/11/17||Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex|
|Masvingo||17/11/17||Mucheke Hall Masvingo Urban|
Cheziya High School Gokwe South
National Arts council of Zimbabwe