Michael Moyo, who has been involved in drama for many years, told StandardLife&Style that lack of support from the business sector had seen many artists relocating to other towns in search of greener pastures.
“As we speak right now, Umdumo Wesizwe arts group has relocated to Harare because they felt that there was nothing for them in Bulawayo,” he said.
He said the business community needed to do more to help artists so that the industry, which has been vibrant before, may grow.
“We have realised that there is not much happening at Amakhosi in terms of entertainment. All this is because there is no proper sponsorship for the arts. That place was set aside by the city fathers so that artists may have a place to showcase their talent.”
Moyo, who is teaching high school students drama at his home in Pelandaba suburb, said the arts have the capacity to change the lives of young people.
“My heart bleeds when I see youngsters spending the whole day standing at street corners in my neighbourhood doing nothing. These young people should otherwise be involved in the arts or sports and do something that would benefit them in the near future,” he said.
His group of youngsters is currently composed of 10 members and is called Vukani Arts.
“I teach them drama and comedy,” he said.
Arts sponsorship in the city has been a thorny issue with artists accusing business people of neglecting them.