THE Rooftop Promotions organised “Stephen J Chifunyise International Theatre Festival” has come to an end with great successes.
The festival which ran from April 4 to 10 was streamed on digital platforms; YouTube and Facebook due to the lockdown necessitated by the spread of the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Festival director Daves Guzha said despite its hectic programming coupled with numerous adjustments due to this global pandemic, the curators in various countries only needed to embrace the situation and work tirelessly to create the festival atmosphere.
Countries which took part in this festival include Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania.
He added that the creative industry needs to do more especially during this period of lockdowns where the general public consumes more due to its stagnancy.
“The entertainment industry is challenged to do more during these trying times of this global Covid-19 pandemic because people still need entertainment as they endure the lockdowns.
This should not end here, but the digital space should be utilised to entertain the public.”
Plays by Chifunyise like Cultural Tourism, Lightees and Bullying were staged by the little kids of Chipawo. Artists in Zambia did a fantastic job to remember Chifunyise by performing Love at the Crossroads.
The programming also included screenings for the late Chifunyise’s plays like Rituals and Waiting for the Constitution. “Rooftop Promotions and the organising committee would like to thank all the partners and all those who helped to put this successful work together. While the containment of the Covid-19 remains unpredictable, Rooftop Promotions still have a bunch of online programmes lined up.”
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