20th of March is World Theatre day for children and young people and is celebrated in more than 80 countries which are members of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ). As CHIPAWO continues to strive in elevating the position of children’s theatre, it celebrates the day under the theme, “Take a Child to the Theatre”.
The day has been set as a National Theatre week by National Arts Council of Zimbabwe from the 20th – 27th of March 2018 with many theatre events organized all around Zimbabwe by different theatre organizations. In Harare the week is being celebrated in collaboration with CHIPAWO, ITI Zimbabwe, Theatre in the park, University of Zimbabwe and ASSITEJ Zimbabwe. The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe facilitated the creation of a taskforce which has been working towards the celebrations with Wadzanai Chiuriri leading the World Poetry Day which is on the 21st of March 2018, Chipo Basopo CHIPAWO- World theatre day for children and young people and Lloyd Nyikadzino working with University of Zimbabwe working for world theatre day for professionals.
24th of March the children from various schools and CHIPAWO centers will gather at Theatre in the park, Harare Gardens from 9am to 3pm presenting 20 organizations/ schools/clubs with 20 theatre productions by children and young people.
One this day the children will show their love for theatre as well as how organizations, drama clubs are acquiring different theatre skills. Having children engage in theatre is a good way of enabling the children to communicate with each, to exchange views and experiences.
The world theatre day for children and young people message by ASSITEJ President Yvette Hardie will be read on the day by young people.