jikinya dance.jpgThe Jikinya Dance festival starts tomorrow at the 7 Arts theatre in Harare.

Dancers drawn from Primary Schools from the country’s 10 provinces are already in Harare to battle for first prize in the Jikinya Dance Festival set for 7 Arts in Harare’s Avondale suburbs.

Most of the participants expressed confidence of coming out tops in the competition.

The Festival was introduced in 2002 to encourage children to appreciate Zimbabwe’s traditional dances and culture to preserve the country’s national heritage.

The dance festival features among other dances Mbakumba, Jiti, Mbende, Mhande and Muchongoyo dances. Last year the finals were won by Chedonje Primary school from Mashonaland West.


It is organised by the National Arts Council Of Zimbabwe in conjunction with the Culture Fund Trust of Zimbabwe, Delta Corporation and National Association of Primary School Heads.


 Traditional songs and dances are used to convey messages and each song and dance has significance to a particular people.