There is only a couple of months left until the spectacle of the year, Shoko Festival 2017, which is scheduled to run from September 29 to October 2 at Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences for the first two days, and Chitungwiza for the last day of the show. Now, amidst all the excitement and preparations for this annual arts and culture fiesta, Festival organizers have finally revealed the long anticipated theme for this show, “YOUTOPIA”. Who would have guessed it right?
Well, the concept behind this year’s theme is to celebrate the individual and what the concept of Utopia means to a person. Given that Zimbabwe’s current economic situation presents many daily challenges for every Zimbabwean, the idea behind the theme is to explore what it entails to reach your ideal self, be it personally or professionally, as well as what essentially is their happy place within such challenging times. Under this theme, this year’s Shoko Festival is therefore set to offer a three day escape from the struggles faced where people should feel free to express themselves and experience the joy that life has to offer through arts and culture.
The Shoko Festival is Zimbabwe’s fastest growing international music and arts festival with a special emphasis on the eclectic urban culture, youth empowerment, positive societal change and freedom of expression. Shoko is a vibrant space that hosts everything from live musical performances by both local and international artists, to comedy nights, workshops and visual art exhibits. The 3-day festival is held in September transforming Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences and Chitungwiza into an entertainment mecca.
For the past glorious years, the Shoko Festival has welcomed the world’s biggest artists onto its stages. Amongst the Festival’s previous headliners are Cassper Nyovest (SA), Bucie (SA), Deep Fried Man (SA), Khuli Chana (SA), Tol A$$ Mo (SA), Tumi Morake(SA), Black Twang(UK), Symbiz Sound(GER), Silverstone(UK) and Tony Rebel (JM). These have featured alongside trailblazing local supporting acts such as Jah Prayzah (ZW), Winky D (ZW), Soul Jah Love (ZW), Junior Brown (ZW), Hope Masike (ZW), Doc Vikela (ZW) and Clive Chigubu (ZW).
Shoko Festival continues with its mission to promote urban culture and create a lively space where millennials are able to participate and have their voices heard, so that they are inspired to contribute significantly and positively to the development of the nation. 2017 marks the seventh edition of the Shoko Festival.
Characterized by spectacular performances and endless energy, it can be said for sure, that the seventh edition of the Shoko Festival is one event not to be missed. Stay informed on this year’s headlining acts by visiting www.shokofestival.co.zw. You certainly don’t want to miss out on all the superb performances lined up when the Festival finally opens its gates to the general public later on this year.