By Sam Banda Jnr:
Come rain or sunshine, Easter Theatre Festival is on this weekend, Solomonic Peacocks Director, McArthur Matukuta, has said.
The festival, which started with pomp only to founder on the way and has been on a three-year hiatus, will be held between April 19 and 22.
Coincidentally, Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre will be hosting Nyasa Music Festival on the same weekend.
However, Matukuta is not fazed.
Easter Theatre Festival, which will this year be held at Jacaranda Cultural Centre, debuted in 2015 at Blantyre (JCC) Cultural Centre, where it attracted Zambian comedians such as Bikiloni and Difikoti.
“We are ready. We call upon parents to bring their children to the venue, ” Matukuta said.
Performers, this time around, include Nkhokwe Arts, Chichiri Prison Cultural Troupe, Chichiri Primary Drama Club, Young Travellers, Jacca Steppers, Dikamawoko Arts and Vilipanganga Poetry Movement.
Matukuta added that a theatre group from Hannover, Germany — Erlebnis— is expected to jet in the country today ahead of the festival.
“We are excited to have the Germany group on this year’s line-up and we hope to share ideas for the betterment of theatre in the country,” he said.
Matukuta said the festival has found partners such as JCC and Hannover City Council.
The festival will this year be held under the theme ‘Creating Sustainable Wealth for Artists’.