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Nanzikambe’s venue project on course

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Nanzikambe Arts has said they are getting funding for the construction of the new venue in Chimwankhunda in Blantyre in bits but will start works by January.

Coordinator Mphundu Mjumira assured theatre lovers that they are making progress on the new venue.

Nanzikambe Arts moved from Naperi in Blantyre last year to occupy their new home in Chimwankhunda but no activities have been going on thereafter.

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“We are getting funds little by little. We will start building in January now that some funds are in. We had to have enough funds to start. But I assure people that [come] January we are moving on with that,” said Mjumira.

With some quarters asking whether Nanzikambe’s movement from Naperi was the end of their operations, Mjumira said by mid March, the space in Chimwankhunda will be functioning.

“You know there is also a process to do these things and as an organisation, we were trying not to do things in short cut,” he said.

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In the absence of a proper venue, Nanzikambe Arts has been holding its performances in other venues.

The theatre group also recently saw one of its members Misheck Mzumara join Mzuzu University where he is currently teaching drama.

“It’s true Misheck Mzumara is now with Mzuzu University but he is still part of us. You know Nanzikambe is like a family with strong roots. He is still available when his time allows,” said Mjumira.

He said there are also other members working with other organisations but were available for Nanzikambe operations.

He also said that despite the group having no home for its performances at the moment, they were still active holding performances in other venues.

“We have been active as a group. We have Animal Farm which is running now and has just toured Europe as well as Waiting for Godot,” he said.

Mjumira said Animal Farm will be staged at Cape Maclear in Mangochi this coming weekend and Chingalire Rural Growth Centre in Lilongwe on January 1.

“We are also working on a production with a German director which is featuring Fikisa and young upcoming artists. So we are not dormant as some people think although we still do not have a home,” he said.

Mjumira said as a group they have also been holding shows in hospitals and schools in conjunction with Burns Unit at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.

“We had two shows per week and we are starting again in January. Apart from Animal Farm and Waiting for Godot, we have also been touring with Sizwe Bansi is Dead,” said Mjumira.

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