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Byo arts festival dates set

BY SHARON SIBINDI

ORGANISERS of the Bulawayo Arts Festival (BAF) have set June 2 to 5 as the dates for this year’s second edition.

In a statement, the organisers said the festival would be held while adhering to the COVID-19 safety regulations, which have become the new way of doing business.

“Bulawayo Arts Festival organisers are well aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of what can be done within the creative sector, but they are raring to go, and ready to showcase the city as the cultural capital of Zimbabwe by running a hybrid festival for both virtual and physical audiences,” read part of the statement.

“As a hybrid festival, some performances will be for a physical audience, others recorded live, and all streamed online on the BAF TV channel and other social networks for audiences in Bulawayo and the world.”

The statement further states that this year, there will be limited opportunities for organisations or artists who can join their team and be partners.

“The Bulawayo Arts Festival continues to grow and diversify.

“This will be seen in the content of this year’s festival.

“The BAF team will visit the country’s provinces to identify diverse content for the festival, together with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe offices in those areas.”

This year, Plumtree, Gwanda, Mutare, Murewa, Harare, Kwekwe, Hwange and Victoria Falls will partake at the festival.

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