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Intwasa newsletter - January 2013
January 24, 2013

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The Festival Theme

The 9th edition of Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo shall embrace and celebrate the different cultures and forms of expressions found in Zimbabwe, Africa and the world at large. With the theme Cultural Diversity: The Common Heritage of Humanity the festival shall celebrate unity in diversity; diversity in terms of art genres, approaches, issues, and audiences. The festival shall be a platform for different voices; a mirror of plurality and cultural democracy as embedded in the UNESCO 2005 Convention for the promotion and protection of the diversity of cultural expressions.

Being aware that cultural diversity is strengthened by the free flow of ideas, and that it is nurtured by constant exchanges and interactions between cultures, the 9th edition shall, in the words of Jacques Martial try to "have black people and white people and yellow people and brown people and green people in the same theatres, in the same exhibition halls and in the same experimental gardens. Have experts, amateurs and novices in the same venues." celebrating their different talents and voices.

The festival shall strive to PROVOKE CURIOSITY among artists and festival goers while encouraging the public to engage with the art and the artists. It will be a platform to promote the views, thoughts, insights, opinions and values of many. Artists shall be challenged to OBSERVE, REFLECT, ANTICIPATE and INTERFACE with diversity.

It is hoped that the festival shall tap into the vast cultural and creative life of the region, the rest of Africa and the world so as to bring tangible cultural improvements in the life of Zimbabweans and other global citizens that shall flock to the festival in September.

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