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Thumbs Up For Poetry Slam
Reckson Mandizvidza

Thumbs up for Gweru poetry slam

Stakeholders in the arts sector have hailed the weekly poetry competitions that are being held in Gweru for budding as well as seasoned poets. Artistes, sponsors and the general audience alike heaped praises for the initiative, unanimously agreeing that it was the way forward in the growth of poetry and the arts sector at large.
The weekly competitions dubbed “Spoken Word Poetry Slam” is spearheaded by Midlands Arts and Culture Centre and provides a platform for budding poets from schoolchildren to university students to showcase their talents.

The Midlands Arts and Culture Centre programmes officer Tatenda Musarurwa said they came up with the initiative to help poets realise their potential as well as give a platform for exchanging notes amongst artistes.

“It’s a platform to showcase talent as well as a forum for artistes, young and old to share notes about poetry and even more we just wanted to nurture as well as develop poetry at large,” said Musarurwa.

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe provincial arts manager for Midlands, Abigail Sivanda said she was pleased with such developments as the platforms created makes poetry accessible to the public while promoting the arts sector.

“Spoken word and poetry are important tools of expression and I’m glad with this new development, which should go a long way for the Midlands arts sector.

“The provision of such creative platforms makes poetry accessible to the public while Midlands artistes are also set to develop their oratory performance skills in the process,” explained Sivanda.

Educationist and academic Takesure Pambuka said the poetry competitions not only helped steer the arts sector forward but was a confidence boosting exercise for school pupils who participated.

“The poetry slam is something worth smiling about for the arts sector and even more for the education sector as school children are given the platform to showcase their talents and above all builds their confidence.

“The platform created also brings entertainment to education and children participate in enjoyment but that is also a learning process,” explained Pambuka.

Poet and author Shepherd Farai said the platform created is a welcome note as it market poets.

“Unlike music, where radio and television stations do the marketing, it is not usually the same for poets and authors, more so budding ones thus this is a great opportunity for artistes to market themselves to the world,” said Farai.

The weekly event takes place at Midlands Hotel and is open for all budding as well as seasoned artistes who have interests for poetry.

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