This event has over the years been held at MSU, courtesy of the theatre club and it has shaped into an annual cultural exchange programme that has initiated growth of arts at grassroots level.
It has been held during summer, running under different themes, but this year’s theme will certainly give a platform to all participants to shine and showcase their talents in a variety of genres.
In an interview with Standard Life&Style, Christopher Chisanga, president of the theatre club said preparations were at an advanced stage and most high schools had confirmed that they would be participating.
“The event is already at an advanced stage and all we are waiting for is to see participants trickling in for the programme,” said Chisanga.
“The gala will be spiced up with other arts genres that include poetry, dance and music.”
The biggest surprise of this fete will be the most anticipated collaboration between the MSU Band and fashionable outfits Iyasa and Siyaya Arts from Bulawayo.
“We have so far rehearsed with Iyasa since the outfit’s return from their Germany tour and this engagement is set to boost morale among club members, ahead of their participation at the Inter-Universities and Colleges Theatre Gala at the end of September,” said Chisanga.
The Inter-Universities and Colleges Theatre Gala will be held in Masvingo on September 29 and up to date, MSU Theatre Club has emerged always favourites after winning the competition three times in a row between 2007 and 2009.
Respected arts practitioners to grace this event are director of Siyaya Arts, Simon Mambazo and Nkululeko Dube, the director of Iyasa.
Organisers of the gala have hailed the participation of Iyasa and Siyaya, suggesting that this event was a platform through which different people could support the development of the arts in the country.