Synik to perfom at Botswana's biggest culture festival

On Friday the 15th of April, Hip Hop and Spoken Word artist, Synik will be performing in the capital city of Botswana at the Maitisong Festival.  Synik will also facilitate free workshops at Maru-a-Pula School, Monday 11th to Friday 15th April. Now running in its 29th year, the Festival is undoubtedly the biggest arts festival in Botswana. The Festival programme was consciously designed to contribute to the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Southern African nation. The 2016 theme ‘Engage’ extends last year’s of ‘Elevate’ which reflected clarity of purpose for the need to professionalize the arts by pushing the boundaries and setting the bar even higher.

For nine days each April the Maitisong Festival takes place in many venues around Botswana's capital city, Gaborone. There's theatre, traditional music and dance, marimba bands, choirs and a range of more western-influenced styles of dance and music. Street sellers provide the food and drink and the whole city takes on a carnival atmosphere.

The festival features two main programmes. There's a free outdoor programme, which is staged at four centres around the capital — two of which are high-density, low-income areas and two at local shopping malls — and there's an indoor programme, which takes place at various venues around Gaborone — including the Little Theatre at the National Museum and the Anglican Church. The indoor programme is ticketed and in the past has featured many prominent acts from around Africa.

Mungwadzi Godwin

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