The Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) this Friday hosts an arts festival dubbed “Chirorodziva Calabash” as part of preparations ahead of the Harare International Carnival.

Friday’s event will be the 2nd edition of the arts festival, the brain child of the CUT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism.

This year’s edition of Chirorodziva Calabash will feature musicians, traditional dance groups, poets and drama.

A calabash kitchen which will showcase traditional cuisine will also be part of the itinerary.

CUT School of Hospitality and Tourism executive dean, Dr Oliver Chikuta said the calabash is part of the build up to the Harare International Carnival and a way of promoting tourism through arts and culture.

Some of the artists and groups expected to take part during the Chirorodziva Calabash include Romeo Gasa, Jazz Attack, Harare Polytechnic band, Kadoma based Budiriro Dance Group and other local groups from Chinhoyi.

Meanwhile, wheelchair bound Mhangura upcoming artist Tavonga Gwaze also known as Greatman, is set to launch his debut album this Saturday at Matovanyika farm in Mhangura.

Sulumane Chimbetu has since pledged to assist the musician realise his dreams.

Greatman sampled part of his works during the Mombeshora Youth Sport tournament held at the weekend in Mhangura.