Jonathan Mbiriyamveka Entertainment Reporter
It’s all systems go for the much-anticipated Shoko Festival which opened yesterday and runs until September 28 at Alex Sports Club.
The showcase running under the theme “Re-Inspire Re-Imagine” is expected to see standout performances from heavy hitters among them Nneka (Germany), Buddy Wakefield (US) and Chester Missing (South Africa).
Zimbabwe will be represented by sensational headline acts such as Netsayi, rapper Tehn Diamond, Ammara Brown, Jason Leroux, Ba Shupi and DJs Raz as well as Raydizz.
This year the festival asks the public to rethink creatively, to look at how they see themselves, the country and the future and to breathe life into our world.
Festival goers should expect a transformed arena including funky installations ranging from wild to wilder, an up-cycling contest between local designers and engineers, a fun day for the young and families.
Tafadzwa Sharaunga, the publicist was optimistic that the new venue Alex Sports Club in Milton Park along Blakiston Street would live up to billing.
“Just on the edge of the central business district is the setting for this year’s festival providing festival-goers a reason to rush from their busy schedules and revel in the range of art activities and festivities.
“The venue will be transformed into a vibrant festive hub. On last day of the festival, the concerts move to the Peace in the Hood Concert in Chitungwiza,” Sharaunga said.
Shoko Festival is Zimbabwe’s fastest growing international arts festival produced by Magamba Network. The festival features a number of genre including the very best in urban culture, music, comedy, poetry, DJ parties, talks, new media discussions workshops and awards with local, regional and international acts.
This year’s edition is supported by Shoko’s main festival partner, the Embassy of Sweden, as well as Premium partners, the Culture Fund and Hivos in partnership with the Royal Norwegian Embassy.