The 2018 National Jikinya Dance Festival is going to be celebrated on the 22nd of November at Welton Primary School in BeitBridge under the theme” Enriching the National Educational thrust Through Dance”, premised on embracing the arts education.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Mrs Tumisang Thabela will be the guest of honour as all the country’s 10 provinces will be represented by champions, being the best school in the respective province.
Jikinya is practised in 3 basic levels in the schools which are district, provincial and national however, in many districts, schools hold cluster and zonal festivals in order to come up with district winner.
The festival runs under a common dance of Muchongoyo which was introduced seven years ago to allow all participating children, despite their regions to learn, perform and appreciate diverse Zimbabwean cultures and reflect some authentic traditional aspect of particular ethnics like Ndau and Shangani speaking people.
The festival is held annually by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) aiming at encouraging primary school children to appreciate and perform Zimbabwe’s traditional dances like Wosana, Mbakumba,Mbende and many more as well as safeguarding the country’s cultural heritage.
Jikinya Dance Festival is a partnership programme between National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and National Association of Primary Heads and is proudly supported by Delta Corporation.