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Preparations for the Youth Cultural Arts Festival to be held from July 31 to August 2 in the ancient city of Masvingo are at an aanced stage. Entering its fourth edition, YOCAF has become one of the most successful youth festivals in the land.

Artistic Director of the event Leeroy Gono said the people are anticipating great things from the festival that will this year run under the theme “I am an artist”.

“Masvingo is at full throttle preparing for the fete and there is a general feeling of expectation and excitement. ‘I am an Artist’ is the word going around the suburbs of Masvingo, in Mucheke, Rujeko, Rhodene, Yeukai and from as far afield as Bikita, Gutu, Mashava and Chiredzi.

“It seems like all the artists have been waiting for their opportunity to shine, to be recognised and treated with the respect that they deserve,” he said.

Gono said it was vital to come up with such a theme that recognises creativity.

“Creativity like any other ability must be noticed and nurtured to bloom. Our Festival plays a large role in recognising and providing opportunities for creative talent to be expressed.

“Arts are not just important but they are a central force in human existence and it is time artists were compensated fairly, consistently and honourably.”

Some of the schools expected to take part in this year’s festival include the defending champions Pamushana High School, Thornhill, Mucheke, Masvingo Christian College, Churchill, Mapanzure, Serima, Hippo Valley, Mapakomhere, Silveira and Glen View 1 High.

Since its launch, the festival has been instrumental in bringing young people together and giving them a voice, a voice that resonates with their being.

Source : The Herald