Its September again!! And in this wonderful month comes one of the biggest Festivals in Zimbabwe- “Shoko Festival”. This year is the 7th edition of the festival and they are running with the theme “Youtopia”. Upon further research on what Utopia means, we found that it refers to a place or state of things in which everything is perfect. This was a perfect theme for 2017, as it aims to celebrate “You”, your dreams, and making the impossible possible for you. In a nutshell what Utopia looks like to you.
Despite the daily challenges we face as Zimbabwe the theme aims to tap into that sphere where everything is perfect for you. Your day dreams, inspirations despite the odds that you face. Shoko seeks to be your happy place this year, surrounding you with Music, dance, and freedom of expression and experience joy in art and culture. The three day festival will have you dancing and interacting with both local and international artists. The performance line up consists of South African Hip Hop artist Emtee “the hustler” and Comedian Mpho Popps. The local artists line up consists of Tariro neGitare, Gemma Griffith, Jam Signal, Takura, Probeatz, Sylent Nqo, ExQ, Calvin, Simba Tagz, Shasha, just to mention a few.
The Hub Unconference, Zimbabwe’s top annual New Media conference is set to run parallel to Shoko Festival from 29 to 30 September at the Harare City Library. Hub Program has been revamped with changes that are meant to keep the participants captivated with 6 tracks running simultaneously over 2 days which include The Hub Awards, TechTopia start-up Exhibition, Comexposed, WordPress Harare Community, Afro Digital Google Digitals Skills Program and the inaugural Zim Hip Hop Summit. This edition will surpass past records with an array of influential people which will include some of the most influential personalities both online and offline. Speakers will be coming in from around the globe to share their experiences and insights with budding creative, some of the participating foreign nationals are from USA, UK, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
The event is a must attend for citizen journalists, journalists, techies and people who have an interest in media. Entry is free but for one to attend they need to RSVP through the Eventbrite event https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-hub-unconference-at-shoko-festival-tickets-35994347061?aff=es2.
The festival performances will be held at the main festival sites, the Zimbabwe Museum of Human Science grounds and the Harare City Library from the 29th to the 30th of September 2017. On the last day it will be held at the Chitungwiza Community Hall grounds on the 1st of October 2017. Tickets will be going for $10 per day for general admission, $5 per day for university/college students with valid student ID, and $5 for two high school students in uniform. Be on the lookout for a ticket give away here on Expose Magazine. To increase your chances of winning a ticket follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Share with your friends and family and get ready for the ticket give away.Views: 358