Established performers again worked with aspiring young artists at the second annual Let Them Festival held at Allan Wilson School last Friday and Saturday.
The event saw celebrated musicians including Alexio Kawara, Junior Bantan, Tariro Negitare, Tomas Brickhill and Ammara Brown working with different schools to come up with a performance to be staged during the festival. Ammara Brown performed with National Education College, Jnr Bantan with Ellis Robin while Brickhill of Chikwata 263 staged an outstanding performance with mentally challenged students from Vimbainashe Learning Institute.
Event organiser Chido Musasiwa explains: “As a nation we have worked very hard giving career guidance along the formal side of employment while ignoring the arts. As Let Them Trust we want our established artists mentoring these kids, teaching them about their line of work and developing talent.” She said the festival is also aimed at preserving local culture and tradition through educating young children who are the future leaders.
Popular disc jockey DJ Smoove (real name Deon Lewis) also held a workshop for aspiring DJs. “People have a wrong perception of how DJs work so I’m trying to make these kids understand how my world works, what makes a good or bad DJ, how to cut it on the international scene and the technological side of it,” he explained.
Let Them Festival is an annual event that started last year with only theatre. This year it has grown to accommodate music and dance. The festival saw the participation of schools such as Ellis Robins, Vainona, Njube High, Arundel Girls, Chiedza Child Care Centre, Harare High, Mufakose 2 High and the host Allan Wilson.
“We hope to improve the festival to accommodate more events and generate a bigger audience,” said Musasiwa. Most of the attendees this year were participants and students from the host school.
Caption: Students from Allan Wilson perform at the festival.