Gaba Primary School scooped the 2017 Jikinya Dance Festival competition to walk away with the top prize of $1500. 

10 primary schools set alight Bulawayo’s Amphitheater with exhilarating performances as they wrestled for top honours in the Jikinya Dance Festival 2017 competition.

Coming down on the City of Kings or better still the home of Zimbabwean art, the festival united people through an identity of culture and also unlocked the industry’s economic side says National Arts Council of Zimbabwe director Mr Elvas Mari.

An expert in the traditional muchongoyo dance, Pangayi Mutetwa noted such festivals are critical in maintaining Zimbabwe’s social fiber and preserving the intangible heritage.

The festival also opened up floodgates of business opportunities for local vendors who cashed in on the high traffic that characterised the two day event.

Jikinya Dance Festival is a partnership programme between National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and National Association of Primary Heads (NAPH) and is sponsored by beverage company Delta.