Message from Yvette Hardie- The President of ASSITEJ

Message from Yvette Hardie- The President of ASSITEJ

“Take a child to the theatre today! Or Take theatre to the child? Are they equally valid? This year we have two world day message writers – one from the USA and one from Syria – which represents these two points of view speaking from starkly different realities. #Take a child to the theatre has been our rallying cry since 2012 as we celebrate the World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People every 20th March and reaffirm our commitment to every child’s right to artistic experiences created especially for them. This year I would like to argue that it’s reverse is often more justified and equally as important. When we consider the millions of children who do not live within the easy reach of a theatre building (especially one designed for them and their needs), we must as artists expand our notions of what theatre can be if we truly believe in the arts as a basic human right. Of course this idea is not new in the history of theatre, but somehow the distinctions of formal vs. informal still seems to pervade our value systems and our notions of quality when we talk about theatre for young audiences. The rough magic that can transform a dusty playground, or a township hall, a school classroom, or a refugee compound, is often what is most needed – not just because it is more practical and economical to meet children in their everyday circumstances, but also, more profoundly, because it IS magic. Theatre is always about transformation. Its capacity to transform a space of ordinariness and even crisis, into...
INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY- FEBRUARY 2017

INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY- FEBRUARY 2017

CHIPAWO celebrated the International Mother Language day at theatre in the park, Harare Gardens. An event which was supported by UNESCO and UNIC with the major highlight of a Shona theatre production “Tichatongwa” performed by CHIPAWO youths. Another event by children where they appreciated their local languages and moreover learning other languages. Theme of the year  “Preserving linguistic Diversity and Promoting Multilingualism to support the SDG”...
Director’s seminar

Director’s seminar

Director’s seminar- CHIPAWO manager –Chipo Basopo attended and participated in the Directors seminar in Oldenburg Germany among other 25 director’s from around the world. The seminar was organised by ASSITEJ Germany. Tanya Charingira, under CHIPAWO youth programme participated in the Next Generation as a volunteer at the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and performing arts festival for children and young people, in Cape Town South Africa. She also together with Chipo Basopo   toured with “Sandscape” production which is a collaboration between Zimbabwe and Nigeria for early year’s theatre for young audiences between the ages 2-7 years old. She also went to Rwanda and Angola for the same performance under Goethe Institute, South...
DREAMS INNOVATION CHALLENGE

DREAMS INNOVATION CHALLENGE

A 2 year grant from Culture Fund of Zimbabwe which aims to support the girl child from Mazowe and Makoni Districts. This project also looks into the wellbeing of the 15-24 year old adolescent girls and young women who are at high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and also giving them information about Sexual Reproductive health GIRLS CAN KNOW DECODE AND...

The Incubation: Early Theatre training workshop South Africa, Cape Town 2016

The manager Miss Chipo Basopo will be among other 7 participants from other Africa countries attending the early theatre training workshop from the 13th of March to 8th May 2016 with Magnet theatre supported by Goethe Institute. Magnet Theatre is an award winning physical theatre company that has been operating in and outside of South African for the past 28 years. CHIPAWO feels privileged and excited for Chipo’s participation in the programme as it will benefit and improve the organization’s theatre endeavors for children and youths in CHIPAWO and Zimbabwe as a...

Denmark Again

CHIPAWO youth Tinashe Chiku (Arts educator) and Eden Nyarirangwe (Projects officer) will be going to attend a Project Management Seminar taking place from 8-15 April 2016. The purpose of the Project Management Seminar is to provide Danish member organizations and their international partners with the opportunity to meet and together receive training in project management tools under the advice of Danish Youth Council (DUF) international consultants. The seminar is funded by DUF through the Danish Ministry Of Foreign Affairs. We wish all the best to Tinashe Chiku and Eden...