The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Tokwane Primary Wins Dance Festival

Tokwane Primary School from Matabeleland South is this year's winner of the annual Jikinya dance festival held in Harare at the weekend. The school shrugged off competition from schools from other provinces to clinch the coveted prize of US$1500 and a shield trophy.

Chifamba School from Mashonaland Central came second while Ndlovu School from Matabeleland settled for third place.

This year competition was held under the theme "Dancing for Zimbabwe, Dancing for Life".

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe deputy director Nicholas Moyo said he was pleased with the competitiveness of this year's event.

"All the participating schools gave it all and wanted to win.

"We are grateful to sponsors who continuously plough into the preservation of our traditional dances," he said.

Jikinya showcases various traditional dances by primary school pupils around the country.

The festival is aimed at encouraging children to appreciate and perform Zimbabwean traditional dances as a way of preserving cultural heritage,which is now faced with extinction.

The brainchild of National Arts Council, Jikinya was started in 2002, and is mainly sponsored by Delta Corporation.

The festival is aimed at encouraging children to appreciate and perform Zimbabwean traditional dances thus preserving the country's rich cultural heritage.

It is hoped that Jikinya will contribute to the rebirth of a national culture, identity and pride among Zimbabwean youths.

Since the establishment of the festival, a lot of interest has been generated among teachers and pupils.Besides promoting and preserving culture, the festival has helped in creating employment for artistes.

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