CHIPAWO to represent Zimbabwe in Japan
The Childrenâ€™s Performing Arts Workshop (CHIPAWO) group popularly known for their dances during Umoja will represent Zimbabwe at the world festival of childrenâ€™s performing arts in Toyama, Japan, this year.
The event will run from July 31, 2012 to August 5, 2012 under the theme We build our future, whose aim is to promote mutual cultural exchange and friendship of the different groups that will converge on Toyama for the festival and a variety of performances, seminars and workshops.
CHIPAWO is an Arts Education for Development and Employment Trust which works with youths in child development. The trust has been working with children from all over the country in its many dimensions of the trust.
There are many clusters in the trust that deal with children at different levels and different angles of their societal needs. There are divisions like Arts education, Girl empowerment popularly known as Kwaanatete, Childrenâ€™s Rights, Life Skills and Career and the International exchanges programme.
This year the chapter that was selected to represent Zimbabwe is called CHIPAWO Harare Junior Theatre Company. This same group also attended a similar festival in Lingen-Germany in 2010 where they performed a play entitled Chipo and the Birds based on the Great Zimbabwe legend.
This time they are set to perform an adaptation of the famous Cinderella tale which they have titled Sindile.
The trust has announced the names of the selected children to undertake the trip to Japan.
They are: Elshama Nyatsuto, Ruva Chinembiri, Mitchel Mauyakufa, Rudorwashe Nyambayo, Ruvheneko Mujuru, Nigel Sibanda, Mudiwa Zhuga, Tinashe Sarari, Rudo Mugweni, Farai Mbizi and Tapiwa Mungate.
CHIPAWO says it is looking for funds and donations in cash or kind to help facilitate the childrenâ€™s trip to Japan
â€“ By Sibusiso Tshuma.
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