WOMEN, WINE AND WORDS FESTIVAL

Women, Wine and Words

About


In November 2018, Theatre in the Park launched the inaugural Women, Wine and Words Festival. The WWWF is borne out of a segment within Zimbabwe’s second biggest festival Intwasa Arts Festival in Bulawayo. After very fruitful and productive deliberations within the two organizations, Theatre in the Park, took the lead in having a standalone festival which celebrates women in totality in all their artistic and creative genres. What started off as a one-day festival has now radically grown into a three-day festival with huge participation interest from Zimbabwe, The African Continent and Diaspora’s. To that end, the 2019 edition of Women, Wine and Words Festival will be held from 24-26th October. Key additions to this year’s festival are food, fashion, technological innovation stands as well as dance classes and games for the girl child. Conversations, film screenings, Poetry readings, Music, Visual Art exhibitions which were a major hit last year will be strengthened.

Women, Wine and Words

WHY WOMEN, WINE & WORDS FEST IS NEEDED


For a Continent whose demographics tilt are clearly in favour of Women (especially the young), it has become clear for all to see the urgent need to attend to matters that affect this very special cluster as captured in Agenda 2063 of the African Union (The Africa We Want) aspirations 5. Africa with a Strong Cultural Identity, Common Heritage, Values and Ethics 6.

An Africa Whose Development is people driven, relying on the potential offered by African People, especially its Women and Youth, and caring for Children. African Women have never been treated equally in the art world, and today they remain dramatically underrepresented and undervalued in music, theatre, dance, film, museums, galleries, and auction houses. Many a time the women have been roles to play as a token. However, in the last few years, Zimbabwe and the Continent has been witnessing a surge in the active participation of women. This momentum, which is assisting in re-writing perceptions and foster respect amongst women artists must be celebrated at every turn and discourse to embolden this stance ought to be encouraged. With the collapse of open performance spaces such as the Book Cafe, this disparity has become more and more pronounced. Women Wine & Words Festival is a safe space for budding, veteran and amateur alike female creativity to thrive.

Women, Wine and Words

WHAT TO EXPECT FOR 2019 WWW FESTIVAL


From the 24 - 26th of October; the second edition of this dynamic festival continues its celebration of women through their creative genius, across all artistic genres. Following this year’s International Women’s Day theme ‘Balance is Better’ relating to gender balance across spheres; this year’s WWW Festival theme is ‘Balance me’. ‘Balance me’ is a widely used afro-colloquial phrase that simply means “enlighten me”. This year’s WWW Festival will enlighten its audience of the creative genius that is women all the while highlight pertinent issues affecting them. This edition will feature artists and artisans from Zimbabwe, the African continent and Diaspora as well as international acts. In addition to acts, WWW Festival will carry on its tradition of fiery conversations relating to the African female condition. Due to its popularity, it will be a three-day event.

ELEMENTS OF THE FESTIVAL
• Performances
• Talks
• Workshops
• Screenings
• Showings
• Fashion shows
• Children games
• Exhibitions
• Readings

Women, Wine and Words

2018 WWWF HIGHLIGHTS


The debutante festival featured noteworthy performances, conversations and screenings that struck chords with Zimbabwean women and their counterparts. The backdrop of the festival was the Art pieces from the female students of the National Gallery’s School of Art. Star-studded Panels debated Body Positivity, the Politiks of Hair; MTV’s South African produced The People vs. Patriarchy touched on GBV and Rape. The wine flowed freely and women of various ages and walks of life mixed and mingled at the full day event which ended with performances from Mbirakadzi Hope Masike, Vera and DJ Noma that girl.