As Zimbabwe’s premier annual Youth Dance Festival draws closer, the program is out and it looks jam packed for days. The festival will see dance groups and dancers from each of the country’s 10 provinces come together to take part in the national finals to be held in Mutare end of August. The thrust of the initiative is to stimulate dance as a means to empower, build capacity and develop talent while entertaining. The festival encourages diverse dance culture and elements of the youth culture with the aim of enhancing cultural appreciation, growth, employment creation and engagement. The festival will take part over 2 days, incorporating mentorship on various youth-related issues, training and development workshops in various communities, exhibitions and performances.
With the preliminaries coming to an end across the country, the festival team has since released the program. Day one starts as early as 11a.m with the Breakin’ Barriers community break dance class for begginers facilitated by BBoy Wale. After that comes the Creative Business food for thought presentation and discussion on creative entrepreneurship by Paul Modjadji, who will later on facilitate the Dreams in Motion: Hear Me Move film screening and discussion. The afternoon will see a Street Cypher community engagement platform that seeks to raise awareness on HIV, provide testing and counseling and of course entertainment. The official opening ceremoning is at 1800hrs at the Queens Hall and is the only event you pay to enter. It will be feature the talented Sylent Nqo, Raheem, Tafara, MK47, Lady G, and Flexxo among other acts. You can tell from the line- up that day one will be lit!
Day two starts as early as 0600am with the Resilience Fitness Training as a morning workout routine for the dancers before Probeatz and Sylent Nqo share their testimonials later on in the morning. Paul Modjadji returns on day two to facilitate the Breaking borders Master Class. The day will also have the Elementz workshop and the G-Tel Solo Dance Battle before the Main event at 2000hrs. The Main event will see 15 dance groups from 10 provinces battle each other for the ultimate prize at the Courtauld Theatre. Of course we round up the day with an after party with Dj Gunshot, its only right J.
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