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Jikinya Dance Festival
Daisy Jeremani - Chronicle Online

Provinces gear up for Jikinya dance fest

THE next two weeks will see Matabeleland and Midlands provinces holding their Jikinya Traditional Dance provincial competition ahead of the national finals to be held at the Bulawayo Large City Hall on 29 November. Annually held jointly by National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) and National Association of Primary School Heads (NAPH), Jikinya aims at encouraging children to appreciate and perform Zimbabwean traditional dances, thus promoting and preserving the country’s cultural heritage.

In an interview, (NACZ)’s marketing manager, Catherine Mtombeni said Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and Midlands would be holding their provincial finals on 22 November. Matabeleland South will set the ball rolling in the southern region of the country by holding its finals on Friday at Plumtree High Hall.

Bulawayo finals will be held at the Large City Hall, while the venue for Matabeleland North will be at Tsholotsho Catholic Hall. Chaplin High School in Gweru will host the Midlands finals.

The winners from all the country’s 10 provinces will converge for the national finals in the city. This would be the second time that the event would be held in Bulawayo since the inception of dance festival more than a decade ago.

This year Jikinya Dance Competitions will be held under the theme: “Our Culture: A Spring of Diversity and Harmony.”
Mtombeni said the theme underscores the various traditional dance types that will be showcased by pupils at this year’s competition.

These dances would be a reflection of the country’s cultural diversity. “Thus, in the diversity there is a peaceful existence that brings the nation together,” she said.
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