Verbal extravanganza slated in city

By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha

AN innovative project titled, Poetry Nights, aimed at bringing spoken work to new audiences, will be held at the Jameson Hotel on Friday and Saturday this week. 

The project, which is being coordinated by Complete Arts Project, an arts organization in collaboration with Cresta Jameson seeks to expand performing spaces as well as the consumption of the arts in the country.

According to the event coordinator, Ms Rutendo T. Chigudu, several poets will showcase their skills during the two-day verbal extravaganza.

“We have selected a cosmopolitan retinue of poets combining a mix of local and international languages including Shona, Ndebele, English and Hebrew, to mention but a few. The poets will give readings, recitals and performances, singularly, in duets and in groups. We have carefully selected our poets to appeal to a wide spectrum of our audiences,” said Chigudu, adding that her organization was determined to bring poetry to a new niche market.

“We believe in the power of art as a medium for social change and development. We will strive for creative excellence as we present entertaining, relevant and inspiring theatre for our valued audiences,” she said.

Some of the poets that are expected to perform include Mutumwapavi, Teacher Muzavazi, Flow Chyld, Shi’loh Binyamin Shimon, Semalo, Mbizo Chirasha and Rtendo Tapiwa among others. The poetry performance will cover themes ranging from love, justice, peace and freedom, according to Chigudu.

“Audiences should come expecting a feast of poetry. Poets will come alive and share their art with the audience in an all embracing atmosphere. A variety of poetry will be showcased on the two nights,” said Chigudu.  “Poetry as never before will be served up for the audience’s enjoyment. Poetry Nights is offering everyone a sumptuous dish in as many languages and forms as one can take in.”

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