Special International Youth Day Concert In Pamberi Garden (Ex-Book Cafe)

On Saturday 29 August, Harare-based arts development NGO Pamberi Trust springs back onto the public scene in the capital with a celebration of youth and cultural diversity, commemorating International Youth Day – an exciting triple-bill between hot young artists of Harare, Bulawayo and the small village of Glendale in Mashonaland Central district of Zimbabwe.

Jam Signal

Jam Signal

From 3-6pm the ‘Pamberi Garden’ stage (back garden of 139 Samora Machel Ave) will present a free show featuring two groups from the two big cities – Jam Signal (‘house-jazz-traditional’) of Harare, The Outfit  (‘contemporary fusion jazz’) from Bulawayo,  opening with newcomers Knight Sounds from the dusty streets of Glendale village.

The Outfit

The Outfit

The event is a production of Pamberi Trust’s youth project ‘Music Factory’ and to commemorates International Youth Day, drawing attention to the 2015 theme “Youth Civil Engagement” – the importance of youth civic engagement and its benefits to the individual and to society, for “sustainable development as well as resilience and wellbeing”

Youth development in the arts is the business of Pamberi Trust, who have been quietly working behind the scenes of late, still situated in the back garden of 139 S.Machel Avenue (entry on 6th Street), and now moving back into the public eye with their regular programme of development activities, starting with the Music Factory event in the garden on Saturday 29 August.  Regular favourites House of Hunger Poetry Slam and Sistaz Open Mic are expected to return to the Pamberi Garden stage in September.

The afternoon will also be a celebration of the protection of creative spaces, and features as usual, exciting young artists from widely different backgrounds together, and a unique opportunity for networking between artists and audience alike.

The event also falls within the Pamberi Trust project ‘Re-linking Communities through Culture’.  Youth project officer Hector Mugani says:

The event on Sat 29 August will link young artists from different cultural and social backgrounds together to interact and share their experiences, with music as the expressive medium.  By relinking the communities we promote inclusion, understanding and tolerance, and the ideals of uniting as a nation.   It’s a point where we celebrate Zimbabwean cultural diversity and also the young talent that abounds throughout Zimbabwe.

Pamberi Trust Arts Administrator Penny Yon said:

We are delighted to be able to maintain the platform for artists in the back garden of 139 Samora/6th Street after this quiet period.  Thanks to all who have supported us over the intervening months.  The Saturday 29 August Music Factory event offers free entrance for all, and we call on all family of artists to come out and celebrate – this space is your space!

Partners in the delivery of this event and other youth and gender programmes, are the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust’s ‘Culture Impact’ programme; Hivos (Netherlands) for youth outreach; Africalia (Belgium) for the creation and development of performing arts platforms, and Arterial Network Zimbabwe, in their continuing membership drive.