Why Arts Festivals Can Be Key To Development

Zimbabwean-born Thabani Nyoni, will next weekend, see his dream of organising and hosting a festival comes true as the Kaya Festival takes place in Gwynedd, Wales.

Kicking off the festival season in Wales, the inaugural Kaya Festival will be held from 1-3rd June 2012.

Kaya will offer revellers an assortment of African, Jamaican, Caribbean and World musical flavours along with a diverse range of workshops, food stalls and festival activities.

The story of Thabani Nyoni and Kaya Festival is yet another example of how Zimbabweans are showing their creative talents around the world.

The sad reality is that the creative talents of people like Thabani Nyoni may never contribute to the development of the Zimbabwean arts scene.The fact of the matter is that artists will do well where they are rewarded and supported most.

Kaya Festival is sponsored by the Wales National Government Major Events Unit and Gwynedd Council. The festival has also partnered with many international and Welsh companies and is expected to be a huge success and is expected to to give the Gwynedd local economy.

Back home we have always said that the arts, particularly music, has the potential to drive economic growth, yet we as a nation fail to explore the artistic talent and support it with the necessary resources for it to thrive.

Although this is to a limited to some extent, an event like the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) is an example of the potential the arts have in creating economic momentum. We are certain that tourism partnered with arts could be another ingredient to Zimbabwe’s revival.

While some artists in Zimbabwe still need to polish themselves as far as approaching their art as a business goes, they however do their best to be creative.

We at times sense that most companies are not always willing to drop some money in the hat when it goes round.

To view Kaya Festival website visit – http://kayafestival.co.uk/