Realising that drama is a powerful way of communicating messages to the masses, Nanzikambe Arts is using the medium to give a voice to marginalised groups in society.
Chris Nditani, managing director for Nanzikambe Arts, said they have a year-long training, with marginalised groups such as young aspiring women, vulnerable women, the disabled and young offenders under the project community arts clubs for marginalised groups.
“The trainees are now ready to showcase what they have learnt. And Nanzikambe Arts has scheduled the community arts clubs performances for Saturday January 27 2018 at Blantyre Cultural Centre 2:30 in the afternoon.
“The goal of the project is to empower artists from disadvantaged or marginalised groups with skills that help them to re-identify themselves and learn other equally important aspects of life,” said Nditani.
The project has four themes which are: working with the youths on issues that affect them, working with young women on their own issues, working with those marginalised from society through disability and other status and developing an understanding of what issues are most pertinent to disadvantaged and marginalised Malawians through theatre workshops.
Nditani said the project is in line with the essence of the Malawi Cultural Fund, namely: Freedom of expression, cultural rights and the participation of cultural practitioners in socio-democratic processes through critical debates are pivotal if people are to freely form their opinions and become actively engaged in any genuine democratic development process.
One the trainees from Mpemba Reformatory Centre, Patuma Danger, said the training has helped build self-confidence and enhanced skills in her and others.
“Now I have strong belief and will power to accomplish tasks with minimal supervision,” said Danger.
The project has been funded by the Malawi Cultural Fund which is financially supported by the Royal Norwegian government. n