It has become the norm with many festivals that the official opening event is huge and eye catching. For example Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) is known for its spectacular opening shows coupled with spellbinding fireworks. The official opening night is viewed by many as eye candy for festival audiences. Intwasa also thrives for nothing less. In the last few years the festival’s opening shows have been huge and become the talk of Bulawayo many weeks after the festival itself. If one hasn’t seen any of the opening shows then one hasn’t seen Intwasa at all. The opening show normally sets the mood and tone of the whole festival. For many, especially those in the media, it has always been the bar to measure the success and failure of the festival.
One of the Official Opening Show
So what is in store for Intwasa audiences in 2015. First and more importantly is the fact that the Bulawayo Combined Ensemble, comprising of dance and music artists taken from different Bulawayo groups, has become a permanent feature at Intwasa. More interesting is the fact that this year the combined ensemble is showcasing a choreography of Zimbabwean dances recently taken to Millan, Spain by one of the ministries. Intwasa 2015 audiences are privileged to sample this choreography by Bulawayo’s son and talented choreographer Richard Ndlovu and directed by Simon Mambazo Phiri. Both Richard Ndlovu and Simon Mambazo Phiri recently collaborated on the opening of the Zone Six Africa Games which took place in Bulawayo in 2014 and their skills were noticed by many.
The big performance of the evening will obviously be by Afrika Revenge who last performed in Bulawayo some 9 years ago. Since their coming together after the split that left many fans feeling robbed and confused Africa Revenge has not set foot on any stage in Bulawayo. The band has performed in Harare and other places and this performance at Intwasa will be the official homecoming show for the band that once set the whole country on fire with such songs as Wanga, Memo and Buwe Buwe. Afrika Revenge is a Bulawayo band. It was born in the city and went to find fame in Harare. Their special performance at Intwasa reinforces the never – say-die attitude of the festival and its endeavours to bring joy, laughter and hope the midst of despair.
Watch the official opening show on the 23rd of September 2015 at the City Hall Car Park at 7pm sharp.