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Organisers of the Bindura Arts Festival say the event has been moved from March to October. The festival was held in March for four years but last year it did not take place after some of the organisers said they could not get enough sponsors.

Founder and chairman of the festival Umtali Saidi yesterday said the three-day fete has been moved to October.

“I was out of the country for a long time and that is the main reason why we moved our dates to October,” he said.

He said they have already started preparations for the festival. However, Saidi said lack of sponsorship was not the major reason for the cancellation of last year’s edition.

“Last year it was not held because I was out of the country and not because we failed to secure sponsorship. This year I can assure you that the festival will be on in October,” he said.

He said the festival was a big event that needed adequate funding and proper planning.

“A number of people including the community benefit from this festival and we need to organise it properly so that it becomes a successful event,” he said.

Several artistes have performed at the event with some finding their way to the limelight through the platform.

Previously HIV and AIDS workshops have been conducted at the festival.

Artistes from Bindura that include Patso and Rhythm Africa, Nice Time, Swerengoma Arts Production, Almaxton and dancehall chanter Caveman have benefited from the three-day fete.

Saidi said their main aim was to bring cultural diversity and they have been successful in the past four years they have been running the festival.

“Despite all the hitches and glitches the objective of putting Bindura on the arts map was indeed achieved and we are looking forward to have a bigger event this year to confirm our ability to enhance cultural exchange,” he said.

Several artistes including Diana Samkange, Winky D, Jah Prayzah and Suluman Chimbetu among others have performed at the event.

Source : The Herald