Intswasa triumphs

The annual Intwasa Festival koBulawayo, which ended in Bulawayo last week, has been described as one of the best in the eight years of its existence. Artists who spoke to The Zimbabwean hailed the multi-disciplinary arts festival as a great success, saying the festival had managed to surpass their expectations.

Intwasa 2012: attended by more than 15,000.
Intwasa 2012: attended by more than 15,000.

“In terms of quality exhibition, this year’s festival was much better than previous years. We had South Africa’s finest female poets Ntsiki Mazwai and Emma Mabye sharing experiences with our local poets. I really benefitted from that gathering,” said Ishmael Penyai, a local poet.

Historian and cultural expert Pathisa Nyathi praised the organisers of this year’s event for introducing more disciplines such as the Arts and Craft Fair.

“From a cultural point of view, this year’s festival was excellent. We hope next year we will have more cultural disciplines and workshops so that our children can appreciate the importance of our culture,” said Nyathi.

The Press and Liaison Officer for Intwasa, Nkululeko Nkala, said that more than 15,000 people attended this year’s festival.

“The response of the people of Bulawayo has been overwhelming and we thank them for their support,” he said. Seven venues in the city hosted different categories, including film, visual arts, poetry and fashion.

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