let them festival
THE ANNUAL SCHOOLS ARTS FESTIVAL
The Annual School's Arts Festival is a two day event featuring Poetry, Theater, Music, Dance, Visual Arts and Fashion. It is open to schools from around Zimbabwe and Southern Africa.
The festival has gone from strength to strength over the last 7 years and has attracted the attention of potential stakeholders in Malawi, Botswana, Zambia and South Africa. Botswana has sent participants to the last two events. In 2018, through our partnership with Agora Zimbbwe and Eyes For The World, more than 250 children walked away with brand new spectacles from our generous sponsors. Furthemore 10 performing students were signed by Loud Africa, a new talent show that is being aired on ZTV.
For the first time ever, we hosted an international poet. The Botswana poet, Mr Sarulebe, graced our stage and performed with Innocent Chinodakufa, a student from Churchill. The Association of Botswana Schools Performing Arts (ABOPSA) sent diplomatic officials to our festival and sponsored young poet to perform. ABOPSA also funded 3 members of the Let Them Trust and one journalist to their festival in Botswana from the 15th to the 18th of August in In 2018.
We also had a six member delegation from Light of Youth of Youth Creative Organisation (LYCO), a Malawi registered trust. We are planning to partner with them such that they bring students from Malawi for our festivals and we do the same for their festivals.
Let Them Festival has many success stories. Some of the performers have featured at the Chimanimani Arts, Shoko and HIFA Festivals. A student from our festival was selected for the AfriKera Dance Trust Diploma and has since graduated. Moreover the festival has also provided a platform for schools with children with special needs to showcase their talent. Vimbainashe Learning Institute, Jairos Jiri Secondary School, Saint Giles and Emerald Hill School for the Deaf have all performed, and won in the Theatre Category.
The 7th Schools Annual Festival ran under the theme Dreams Manifest. This year’s festival was held at the Harare Polytechnic on the 5th and 6th of July 2019. Four thousand five hundred (4500) attendees lit the venue and thronged the Polytechnic grounds to witness creative
performances from different schools and renowned artists.