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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On 22nd March, the well-known arts education organisation, CHIPAWO, will be  holding three important events at the Theatre in the Park: the launch of a fulltime professional youth theatre company, the New Horizon Youth Theatre; the premier of the company’s first play, Rudo neRunyararo, adapted from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by Peter Churu and Robert Mshengu Kavanagh; and the launch of CHIPAWO’s involvement in the international CUSP project [Culture for Sustainable and Inclusive Peace].

Set in a small town in Zimbabwe and acted in Shona, Rudo noRunyararo the features the feuds and animosities between the mayor and the local bus company owner and their families as well as their domestic conflicts, leading to inevitable tragedy, which opens their eyes and those of the community to the futility of their enmity and the need for reconciliation.

The play will run from 22nd of March to the 1st of April 2023 at Theatre in the Park, Harare Gardens.

New Horizon Youth Theatre Company has been in existence since 2003, with performances  in a number of venues in Harare, including the Reps Theatre, and in cities and towns all over Zimbabwe. Their major plays include: Vicious (2003), S.J. Chifunyise’s masterpiece about middle class poverty; Soul Sister Comes to Africa (2004), also by Chifunyise; The Little Man of Murewa (2005), adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s story, ‘Little Claus and Big Claus’, premiered at the Harare International Festival of the Arts and in Denmark; A Journey to Yourself, adapted from Norwegian dramatist, Henrik Ibsen, play Peer Gynt, premiered at the Harare International Festival of the Arts;  a dramatisation of Charles Mungoshi’s classic novel, Waiting for the Rain; Rabindranath Tagore’s The Post Office [2010]; The Most Wonderful Thing of All, based on Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House [2010], premiered at the in Lusaka, and later performed at the International Ibsen Conference in Norway; with theatre group, Zambuko/Izibuko, The Gaza Monologues [2011] with Ashtar Theatre in Palestine;  Calderon della Barca’s The Dream of Life, translated in Shona as Mutambo Wepanyika; and more recently Lu Xun’s The True Story of Ah Q [2019], which ran for a week at the Jason Mbepu Theatre in Harare.


CUSP is an international programme, hosted by the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Other participants include Litfest in Harare, Ghana, Mexico, Morocco, Palestine and Scotland. It aims to explore ways of resolving conflicts and initiating reconciliation and transformation through the arts. With the New Horizon Youth Theatre Centre [NHYTC] as hub, four organisations will devise ways and means of using the arts to discuss and help reconcile conflict in the community. 

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From Monday (September 19) until Sunday (September 25) – the world is celebrating International Week of the Deaf.

The day is celebrated by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and its national associations, and their affiliates globally during the last full week of September, culminating with International Day of the Deaf on the last Sunday of the week. read more…

SAFE Festival

CHIPAWO is celebrating three decades of its existence and the 3rd year of SAFE Festival – Southern African Festival for Children and young people . This year’s theme “TAKURA”, meaning we are all grown in English, is to celebrate the artistic works that the children and young people from Africa are producing and showcasing. read more…