With funding from Hivos, Nanzikambe Arts has embarked on talent scouting process that will see the theatre organisation empowering margalised groups with theatre skills for development in Blantyre.
Nanzikambe Arts manager Chris Nditani said the new project runs from December 2016 to November this year.
“Basically, the grant is for Nanzikambe to form four community Arts clubs for marginalised groups. The groups will be for young inmates at Mpemba Boys Home, young female aspiring artists that have just completed their secondary education, the youth with disabilities and other vulnerable women,” said Nditani.
He exlained that each community arts club will have 20 members who will be trained in life skills, assertiveness, basic theatre practice and stage dynamics.
After the training the beneficiaries will showcase their acquired skills in a series of drama performances that will be lined up.
Nditani observed that majority of vulnerable groups are left out in the process of development and other community engangements because they are not empowered. Therefore, the project seeks to break the barrier.
He also revelaed that Nanzikambe will absorb the best trainees.
“We are looking at the possibility of ropping the most improved actors and actresses into the mainstream Nanzikambe Arts theatrical productions to give them opportunity to expose their talents as well as make ends meet,” said Nditani.
In a related development, Nanzikambe Arts is currently conducting a campaign on governance with funding from National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust. The project seeks to encourage people to partake in governance issues especially promoting transparency, accountability and responsiveness at the grassroots levels.
Currently, the campaign is underway in Chikwawa after covering Neno, Mwanza and Nsanje. From Chikwawa the campaign goes to Mulanje, Zomba and Blantyre. n