Nanzikambe Theatre opens Arts Café

Nanzikambe Arts Theatre Organization has set up an arts café, which will act as a hub for artists and assist in the development of arts in the country.

The Arts Café, to be officially launched on Saturday May 19, comprises of internet café, resource centre- a library-and food and snack bar.

According to Nanzikambe’s Special Projects Coordinator, Nkhwachi Mhango, the arts café will assist in bringing sanity and discipline among artists in terms of audience management.

“Currently there is a problem in the way artists manage their audiences. There are a lot of show clashes, which divide the audience in the process. The arts café will therefore ensure that a forum is created whereby artists can be helped in how to build up and manage audiences.

Nanzikambe's outdoor amphitheatre.

“It will also enhance the interaction between artists and audience thereby strengthening their relationship. Artists and the audience will have a chance to meet and talk, and this will help the artists to understand the needs and expectations of their respective audiences,” Mhango said.

He said the café will be hosting monthly performances in the build up to Mwezi Wawala International arts and Theatre festival Nanzikambe will be hosting this year between August 31 and September 2.

The arts café is also expected to archiving artistic works for artists in the country such as visual arts, poetry, theatre and music.

“Through the arts café, we will be holding training sessions on various arts topics and we are hoping that through such trainings our artists will be able to learn one or two things about arts and how they can promote and enhance their talents. As for the audience, it will be allowed to have membership with the café and access its services at reduced fee,” he added.

The opening of the arts café is expected to concur with the launch of the organization’s official website www.nanzikambearts.org where the public can access information about Nanzikambe, performances and artists profiles among other information.

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