Stephen j Chifunyise International Theater Festival

Stephen j Chifunyise International Theater Festival

WHAT THE MEDIA AND ARTS INDUSTRY EXPERTS SAID: “…..legendary playwright, cultural expert, theatre and dance guru and a cultural master practitioner…” UNESCO “Stephen Chifunyise, the prolific Zimbabwean playwright and cultural connoisseur…” CNN “…..arts icon, playwright and former top government official…” NewZimbabwe “…described Chifunyise as an arts administrator par excellence, endowed with unparalleled skills, vision and utmost creative ingenuity.” Nicholas Moyo – Herald. “Under his wise guidance, Mbende-Jerusarema Dance was proclaimed an intangible cultural heritage for humanity by UNESCO.” – Tafadzwa Zimoyo – Herald “……he co-founded the Children’s Performing Arts Workshop (Chipawo) in 1989—where the likes of Danai Gurira had the opportunity to have their talents developed at a young age.” OkayAfrica “Also an actor, director, musician and choreographer, he started his career in exile in Zambia during the 1970s, returning to Zimbabwe after independence in 1980. According to Amazon, he wrote 73 plays, 63 of which have been performed on stage, radio and television in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Sweden, South Africa, Malawi, India, the UK etc.” Voice of Nigeria (VON) WHY THE FESTIVAL Stephen J Chifunyise died in August 2019 after a life dedicated to creative and cultural expression not only in Zimbabwe but Africa and the wider world through his work with UNESCO and as the go to guy for various continental and international bodies. At the time of his death, Stephen had penned more than 80 known theatre plays. Amongst some of the globally recognised  titles are: “Rituals” (an exposition on the spiritual ramificationsas a result of some of the politically motivated killings of 2008 elections and the subsequent societal degradation),  “Strange Bed Fellows”(Zimbabwe’s most travelled play), the...

CHIPAWO moulded me from a young age: Danai Gurira.

I wasn’t finding what I wanted to perform, so I started to create it myself, writes Danai Jekesai Gurira. By Danai Gurira Article By Zimbabwe Voice My theatre life began pretty early on. I was born in the United States but raised in Zimbabwe.I actually spent a lot of time in theatre there as a child. I was part of a children’s performing arts workshop [Chipawo], which really introduced me to the dramatic arts. The head of the workshop, one of the founders, [Robert McLaren] is a professor of English and dramatic arts. He taught at the University of Zimbabwe for several years, but originally he’s a white South African/Brit.He indoctrinated me into theatre back then and got me very interested in the craft. And then it just kind of snowballed, throughout high school and into college, though I wasn’t a theatre major.I was a psychology major.In terms of writing, I just wasn’t finding enough stories about contemporary African people — or historical, just anything, the whole gamut. I was raised in Southern Africa and I came back to the West for college.I was starting to look for what I would like to perform, what I would like to see put to life onstage, and I was finding many stories about everybody else, but none about my own people.My playwriting became a “necessity being the mother of invention” type thing. I wasn’t finding what I wanted to perform, so I started to create it myself.Danai Jekesai Gurira is an American actress and...
” The Legacy of A Giant Lives On “

” The Legacy of A Giant Lives On “

CHIPAWO children presents The Three Decades of CHIPAWO with a production entitled “REBORN” the journey of CHIPAWO as we celebrate 30 years… We celebrate our legends… What will become of CHIPAWO in the next decades to come Venue :Theatre in the park Time: 4.30pm Admission :RTGS $10 For more information contact 0777449445 /9772968685...
A Time with Uncle Steve – Children’s memorial service show

A Time with Uncle Steve – Children’s memorial service show

Thank you for all the support do the just ended play ” Vicious” by the late Stephen Chifunyise.  CHIPAWO children will on the 23rd of November  host a memorial service  show for the late Uncle Steve Chifunyise… As we all know Uncle Steve was one of the found members of Chipawo and Chairman.He had children at heart always… Told them stories  and wrote short plays which Chipawo children used to perform at various events.   23 November 2019 at Theatre in the park  from 9-1pm Children will celebrate the life of  Uncle Steve.  Highlights of the day will be plays like Tawanda and the mystery dance, Health project, children will talk about their memories of him and read out stories they remember especially from his book Takura and the Talking branch.  Children was all it matters to him for he believed knew that they are the best ambassadors of our country. “Uncle Steve tiudzeiwo ngano”#Thelegacyliveson #UnckeSteve #Children...