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To ensure that Zimbabwe provides the best possible business, regulatory, technical and fiscal infrastructure to enable Zimbabwe’s creative businesses to flourish commercially and to increase overseas investment and trade in Zimbabwe’s creative industries.

WiTT Premiere Wives Without Husbands

Women in Theatre and Television premiered their play Wives Without Husbands on the 1st of October at the Intwasa Arts Festival. The play was workshopped by the WiTT class with the help of an experienced writer and director. It highlights the trials and tribulations and complexities of four different women in their relationships and marriages. The play introduced new entrants to theatre notably Memory Mguni, Angel Mpofu, Sharlene Ndlovu and the Nhimbe School Playwrights and Actors Academy graduate Delicacy Ngulube.
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Nhimbe Trust’s Blues Café in September brought the South African act Gug’othandayo the Musical to Bulawayo for three performances, two of which were held at the Academy of Music on the 28th and 30th of September while one was held at Bulawayo Theatre as part of the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo on the 1st of October. At Intwasa Gugothandayo was the closing act and their performance was attended by over 300 people, amongst them were arts legends Cont Mhlanga, Albert Nyathi and Daves Guzha. Gugothandayo (getting old is a choice) is a musical that features 20 gogos (elderly women) aged 50 to 81 and is written and directed by Bafana Dladla. It was conceptualised in 2010 when 20 gogos aged between 50 and 79 decided to take their personal stories to the stage, in particular the issues they faced. These narratives, combined with song, revolve around their dealings and disappointments with government departments, such as the infamous South African Social Security Agency (better known as SASSA), and their memory of the trials and tribulations associated with being a domestic worker, among others. The play was given a standing ovation by the audience with audience members impressed by the energy, joy and liveliness of the grannies who were on stage in the production as well as the apt music provided by their band. The Gug’othandayo band also featured at the Intwasa Arts Festival’s Spring Jazz Night, performing a number of their songs and adaptations of popular South African jazz songs.
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Call for Plays

A new playwriting competition is calling for submission of plays from Zimbabwean playwrights. The playwriting competition is centred around how the women's movement can respond to the political crisis in the country; how it can support women who are victims of that political crisis at every level of society, including the political; what is preventing the women's movement from having an adequate response, and how can the women's movement be more engaged for societal transformation rather than personal development. Playwrights are called on to submit plays that focus on the issues outlined above. The plays will go through a judging process which will measure a play on how best it responds to the call, the cohesiveness of the issues tackled and, the compelling execution of writing skill. The winning play will get an opportunity to be directed by a female director and a monetary prize of $750. The winning play will be announced on the 14th of October 2016 in the press. In order to be eligible for the competition, submissions will need to adhere to the following guidelines. Guidelines 1. The competition is open to Zimbabwean citizens, whether living in the country or abroad. 2. Plays need to focus on at least one of the issues forming the basis of the competition. 3. The length of the plays should be from 30 minutes to full length. 4. Plays will need to be original work of the playwright. Plagiarised work will be disqualified from the competition. 5. Plays should be submitted in either MS word or PDF format. 2 copies of the play should be submitted; one with the playwright's full name and the other a blind copy (without the playwright's name) for judging purposes. 6. The plays should be submitted via email to joshnyap@nhimbe.org C.c joshnyap@gmail.com The subject line should read, 'Playwriting Competition' The email should provide the playwright's full name and contact details ( phone number and physical address) Deadline for submissions is Friday, 23 September 2016, 5pm. plays received after the deadline will not be considered
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PAWE - WECA Bursary Call

PAWE (Performing Arts Women Entrepreneurship Programme) has a bursary for a woman entrepreneur in the performing arts to participate in the 4th Annual Women in Enterprise Conference and Awards (WECA) 2016 to be held on 16 September at Cresta Lodge Hotel Harare, under the theme; “Sustainability Of Women Owned Business In Zimbabwe Through Connecting Women Entrepreneurs To Markets”. Topics to be covered at WECA are: • Her Story – An African Woman Entrepreneur’s Journey of Challenge, Perseverance and Triumph • Obtaining Finance and Credit lines for women entrepreneurs. National Financial Inclusion Strategy • Making markets work for women entrepreneurs: Tapping into corporate supply chains • Statutory instruments 64 of 2016: Opportunities for women entrepreneurs Key speakers include: Dr. Charity Dhliwayo RBZ Deputy Governor, Dr Charity Jinya BAZ President and Nancy Guzha CEO Cairns Pvt Ltd just to mention but three. The PAWE Bursary will cover Conference and Gala Dinner. To be considered, applicants must send an Expression of Interest stating what they hope to achieve, and brief CV. Deadline is 9 September 12:00pm WECA is supported by the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC). PAWE is an initiative of Nhimbe Trust under the Status of Woman Artist Plan – SOWAP 2015-2018. Applications marked “PAWE - WECA Bursary” should be sent to: info@nhimbe.org
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The Argentinean circus act, Mandragora Circus, will perform in Bulawayo at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on the 10th of August at 2:30pm and at the Zimbabwe Academy of Music in Bulawayo on the 12th and 13th of August at 6:00pm and 5:00pm respectively. Mandragora Circus is a 55 minute long wordless performance where two clowns tell a story of comedy and love. Circus stunts, music and unconventional instruments weave the acts of this play together allowing the audience to imagine situations, conflicts and solutions in a delicate story for all. The performance is part of their worldwide tour, which has covered the American continent, Europe and now Africa in the past six years. The play has been performed in 26 countries and in Zimbabwe will be presented in Harare and Bulawayo. Mandragora Circus started as an independent theatre company in 2002 in Trelew, Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina. Since its premiere this show has been presented in Theatre Festivals in Argentina, the Americas, Europe and Africa, performing in 26 countries in more than 13 years of continuous performances. It is formed by Mariana Silva and Juan Cruz Bracamonte who previously had been members of other companies performing music, theatre, dance and circus since 1998. Part of the proceeds from the shows will go towards the “Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness Exhibition” by the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. The circus act is open to audiences of all ages; entry fee to performances is $3. The show is produced by Mzingaye Dube (Mzitod) for Nhimbe Trust.
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