The word 'intwasa' is isiNdebele for 'spring' which is why the festival is always hosted in September. Spring signifies rebirth, regrowth and renewal. The concept of rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation is showcased in the various venues in Bulawayo CBD which is where the festival comes alive with theatre, music, dance, spoken word, visual arts, literary arts and fashion showcases.
With the inclusion of a full day specifically set aside for women, Intwasa Arts Festival administrators and organizers had (earlier in the year) opened the floor for women in the arts sector to suggest how better to build the already existing programmes designed for them. This year, women will enjoy music, poetry, fashion shows, theatre productions for them and by them. Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues is one of the productions to look out for at the festival this year.
The platform is also aimed at establishing networks and collaborations while developing women's capacity through workshops or discussions on the struggles that women face in society.
The Intwasa Women's Day is set to take place on 28 September, more details will follow on the Intwasa social media accounts.
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