CHIPAWO Trust Zimbabwe announces SAFE FESTIVAL 2019 for Children and young people in Harare, Zimbabwe. CHIPAWO Trust Zimbabwe call for performances for SAFE 2019 to be held in Harare, Zimbabwe from 8 to 12 August 2019.  The deadline for applications is: 31 MARCH 2019  CHIPAWO World (Children Performing Arts Workshop) has been involved in creative civil society in performing arts education since 2012. Through its Southern African based branches, CHIPAWO Zimbabwe, CHIPABO (Children Performing Arts Association of Botswana), CHIEZA ( Children Exposure in Zambia) and CHINAMIBIA Children of Namibia the non-profit making organisation has been hosting performing arts festivals in their countries with the active participation of each branch in another branches festival. The cultures might be different but the culture of art knows no boundaries. It is the beauty of diversity that produces well organised and enriching festivals to most importantly the children and society at large. CHIPAWO Zimbabwe was established in September 1989 and will be celebrating 30 years of its existing. The main objectives of SAFE are as follows: To create a platform for the future Southern African  leaders to appreciate their own origins as well as the diversity of the dynamic worldTo demonstrate the initiatives of the creative civil society in contributing to the building of the Southern African  and in creating a viable and sustainable platform for intercultural dialogueTo provide children and youth’s an opportunity of sharing ideas artistically on how to achieve the development objectives of the Southern Africa To demonstrate the importance use of culture in promoting  African solidarity SAFE Festival is looking for 30 performances for a 30 years arts organisation –with the theme: “WE MADE IT”. SAFE is inviting... read more

THE KEY – Theatre Play Review

This play is a wholly new production from New Horizon Theatre Company, part of the world-famous CHIPAWO Trust of Zimbabwe. The story takes a look at the modern day girl child’s struggles to find her space and place in a world that is busy trying to control her. Brilliantly co-written and directed by seasoned theatre practitioner Chipo Basopo and advertising copy writer and part-time playwright, Ronald “The Wordsmith” Chindungwe, this is a thought provoking story that swings, sways, rocks, and indulges all your senses. As a two act play, a lot rests on the actresses to keep the interest of the audience and the two young women don’t disappoint. Their delivery is on point. There is plenty of light hearted moments and for those who love music, well you will be singing along at the end of the play. The two young actresses, Gamuchirai Mukwakwami and Nicole Ruzive, are clearly talented stage actors with potential to scale dizzy heights in the world of professional theatre, with more productions. The two vividly bring the play to life and one cannot help but feel transformed into another world through their tight delivery and chemistry on stage.   The play centres on Fadzai, a young girl who has just turned twenty one and is enrolled in university doing a degree programme she doesn’t like.  She finds herself questioning all that she has known, from birth till this stage, trying to find meaning and purpose of her life. She starts probing and asking herself hard questions. Will she find answers? What does she need to do to live the life she wants?  ... read more


By Robert McLaren CHIPAWO’s professional youth theatre company, New Horizon, has been invited to do a presentation at the prestigious International Ibsen Conference in Skien, Norway, Ibsen’s birthplace. Henrik Ibsen, the Norwegian playwright, is one of the most famous and influential writers in world theatre. The conference is an annual event organized by the Centre for Ibsen Studies at the University of Oslo. In the official invitation they wrote that they would like: To invite Robert Mshengu Kavanagh, Memory Zidaka and Tinevimbo Chimbetete give a keynote presentation at the Conference… The Conference Theme is “Ibsen and Power” and the participants will be interested in hearing how CHIPAWO artists have been using Ibsen’s dramaturgy to empower young Zimbabwean people through the production “Wonderful”. In 2010 the New Horizon Theatre Company created an adaptation of Ibsen’s play about women’s rights, A Doll’s House, called The Most Wonderful Thing of All, in which they explored the situation depicted in the play in the context of Zimbabwean society and culture. The Most Wonderful Thing of All takes the situation and the issues raised in Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House, and examines them in the context of Zimbabwean social and cultural realities. The play depicts a woman who discovers that society and her husband treat her as a doll. All her ideas and actions, including her role at home, her values, religion, the law and even culture, are simply prescribed to her and she feels she has no mind or will of her own. As a result of certain actions on the part of her husband, she decides to leave home and go out... read more

Celebrating the World Theatre Day Week – National Event

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... read more

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... read more


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”... read more

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... read more


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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

MY WORLD OUR PLANET- Canada here we come

CANADA here we come, great news indeed for the first time CHIPAWO children have been invited to attend 14th world festival of children’s theatre, Canada Toronto 2nd-14 June 2016. The 2016 Festival will welcome visitors from six continents: Africa – Uganda and Zimbabwe; Asia – Bangladesh, China, Indonesia and Palestine; Australia/Oceania – Australia; Europe – Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Estonia, Russia and Slovenia; North & Central America – Canada, El Salvador and United States; and South America – Colombia, Paraguay and Cuba Congratulation’s, what an exciting moment for the... read more

Mr Chifunyise wins NAMA Award

CHIPAWO children, staff, parents and partners would like to congratulate Mr. Stephen Chifunyise founder and Chairman of CHIPAWO for being awarded a special award at the recently held National Arts Merit Awards. Congratulations, Makorokoto, Amphlope read more