The 13th edition of the Intwasa Festival will kick off on 27 September to 30 September. The festival will run concurrently with the Sanganai/Hlanganani Tourism Festival. For the first time in the festival’s history and also in Bulawayo history, the festival will kick off with a street carnival on 27 September.
The first ever Bulawayo street carnival came about as a result of the need to attract more people and also due to popular demand from various groups and individuals who were inspired by the successful Harare street carnival in 2015, only to be disappointed by the subsequent no-show a year later due to financial constraints as explained by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.
The Intwasa street festival will attract exhibitions from groups from all over the world including Nigeria, India, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Egypt, Ghana, Mozambique, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, United Kingdom and Swaziland.
Showcasing will be free at the carnival as the organizers look to register as many participants as they can. Organizers are encouraging every social group to be part of this groundbreaking event from churches, schools, companies, arts groups and community groups. In order for a group to register as participants, they need to have a membership base of at least 50 people. All the groups will be assigned a choreographer to help them fine tune their moves before they present their act.
The best parades will receive a $1000 reward. The rewards will be given to the best acts in the school going pupils’ category and the adult’s category.
The first ever Intwasa carnival comes barely three months after the city of Bulawayo successfully hosted its first ever Arts Awards.