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ME!FEST Culture Expo Returns to Reshape Communities Through Art

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ME!FEST Culture Expo Returns to Reshape Communities Through Art

Harare, Zimbabwe – April 16, 2024 – After a hiatus due to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and financial constraints, the eagerly awaited ME!FEST Culture Expo is set to make a triumphant return in April 2024. The festival, a beacon of cultural celebration and community empowerment, promises an enriching experience for attendees with its vibrant blend of music, dance, poetry, theater, and educational workshops.

Scheduled to unfold in two distinctive segments, ME!FEST is gearing up to captivate audiences from April through August 2024. The April leg will feature a dynamic lineup of established and emerging talents in folk music, dance, poetry, and theater, spanning a thrilling three-day event. Additionally, the festival will introduce its inaugural Contemporary Dance Festival, set to debut in August 2024.

Behind the scenes, ME!FEST is a collaborative effort championed by a coalition of key community stakeholders, including the Simba Arts Trust, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, City of Harare, ZRP, Ministry of Youths, Ministry of Arts, Population Solutions Zimbabwe, and earGround, among others. These organizations are committed to not only organizing the event but also hosting educational workshops aimed at skill development and fostering business opportunities within the arts.

Distinguished personalities from various sectors, including media, arts, and entertainment, are set to grace the festival with their presence. Special guests such as Kay Media Africa, Safety in Us Trust founder Mrs. Lucia Mutsvedu, and renowned journalists Vongai Hillary Masuka and Mr. Godwin Makoho, among others, will lend their expertise and leadership to the event.

Generous sponsorship from Creative Europe through the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe has bolstered ME!FEST, underscoring the significance of the festival in promoting cultural exchange and community development. Local support from organizations such as the National Aids Council, ZBC National Radio Station, and Safer n Us Trust further highlights the grassroots backing behind the event.

The highly anticipated launch of ME!FEST will take place at the iconic Mai Musodzi Hall in Mbare from April 24th to 26th, 2024. With a strong emphasis on reshaping and empowering communities, the festival aims to build on past successes, which have seen impressive turnouts and the participation of diverse arts groups, bands, and artists.

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Speaking on the vision for this year’s event, ME!FEST coordinator Leonard Mateyu expressed optimism for growth, citing support from the Zimbabwe Culture Fund as a driving force. Apostle Tendai Fulukia, the festival’s main founder, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing ME!FEST’s commitment to providing a platform for aspiring performers to hone their skills and showcase their talents in a supportive environment.

The establishment of ME!FEST underscores a pivotal shift in the cultural landscape, moving performances from traditional venues like bars and nightclubs to inclusive spaces that welcome artists of all ages and backgrounds. As ME!FEST expands its reach to communities beyond Mbare, its colloquial name, “Me!First,” serves as a rallying cry for promoting inclusivity, diversity, and democracy in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

ME!FEST is not merely a festival; it is a movement—one that empowers youth, fosters cultural exchange, and fosters artistic expression. As Zimbabwe’s premier cultural showcase, ME!FEST stands as a testament to the transformative power of art in reshaping communities and enriching lives.”

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Made by Kuda (MADE IN ZWE)
A gift to Plot Mhako and the earGROUND vision.
Truly, for the culture.

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