Welcome to Chipawo

CHIPAWO is a non-profit-making Trust, registered. with the Deeds Office and the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe  The Trust has also established ‘Companies of the Trust’ or ‘business units’ whose function is to strive to sustain the Trust and its activities in pursuit of its Mission.



  • The Board of Trustees
  • The Children’s Council
  • The Youth Council

Chipawo World

  • Chipabo
  • Chinamibia
  • Charewo

Chipawo Zimbabwe

  • Arts Education for Development and Employment (AEDE)
  • Performances
  • Youth
  • Media
  • Traditional Music and Musical Instrument Development


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Mubasen, a child born in a SWAPO camp during the liberation struggle in Namibia and sent to school in Germany, returns to find his parents. He is getting married – but what should be an occasion for celebration turns out to be an emotionally charged encounter with the ‘ghosts’ of the family and Namibian society in general. The draft script was crafted by young Namibian theatre artists working with their Zimbabwean counterparts at the Ibsen Camp in Harare in 2012. The Tree of Ghosts sprang from an interrogation of the Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen’s, play, Ghosts in the context of modern Namibian society. The camp was hosted by CHIPAWO World as part of an Ibsen Award winning project, ’Negotiating Ibsen in Southern Africa’. The draft of the play was then taken up by students in the Advanced Acting Course at the School of Acing and developed further. The play sees Namibians examining themselves and their values in the context of European liberalism. The tree is the central symbol and stands for the history and culture of the Namibian people. The performance of the play constitutes the students’ practical examination. ZIMBABWE COLLEGE OF MUSIC 5.30 PM ON TUESDAY, 10TH DECEMBER. For INFORMATION or REGISTRATION contact:  Administration at  rmkactschool@gmail.com and 0777449445 and Accounts on... read more

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... read more

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... read more