Vezulwazi Arts selected to showcase at International Arts Forum in Egypt Vezulwazi Arts and Sports Foundation Director, Mr Christopher Mguni

Natasha Mutsiba,[email protected]

THE Vezulwazi Arts and Sports Foundation, a community development organization focused on using arts and sports to combat social issues, has been chosen to participate in the prestigious 7th Awlanda International forum for Arts of the gifted.

The event, hosted by President Abdel Fattah EL Sisi of Egypt, will take place from 22 to 29 September, 2023, at Cairo Opera House in Cairo, Egypt.

Only two members of the group are going, the Director Christopher Mguni and the artistic Director Tsoka Kwenda.

The foundation, known for its collaboration with various organizations in the fight against drug abuse, tuberculosis, HIV, and prostitution, has received the honour of being invited to showcase their talents and engage in cultural exchanges at this international forum. The organization’s focus on community development through arts and sports has garnered recognition, leading to this remarkable opportunity.

Tsoka Kwenda, the Artistic Director of Vezulwazi, expressed his enthusiasm for the invitation.

 “This is a lifetime opportunity for us to showcase our talents, learn from other cultures, and grow in our industry. We are grateful to President Abdel Fattah EL Sisi and the organizers for recognizing our efforts and inviting us to participate” he said.

He said the forum will feature workshops, cultural exchanges, performances, and the exploration of various art forms, including music, dance, poetry, and drama. They will also have the chance to visit Egyptian monuments, art galleries, museums, and historical buildings, including the ancient Pharaoh’s palace.

For the VEZULWAZI Arts and Sports Foundation, this event holds immense significance.

“We will benefit in experience, networking, learning different cultures and forms of art. This in turn will widen our scope and it will help us to be better equipped artistes. In return we will pour back our valuable knowledge back to the community. We come from a drug infested community, where prostitution, crime and other evil vices are a norm. So we will in turn train young peers back in the community and encourage them in sports and arts” said Kwenda.

This will be the first appearance of the Vezulwazi Arts and Sports Foundation at the Awlanda International forum, marking a milestone in their journey.

As the event approaches, the foundation is actively seeking donations to raise an emergency passport for Mguni. They have called upon individuals, organizations, and companies to support their cause and make a difference in the lives of those in need.

The Vezulwazi Arts and Sports Foundation can be contacted at 0716870134 or 0774868470 or via email at [email protected] for further information.

Awlanda International Art Forum for the gifted provides an inclusive art opportunity for children with disabilities. It took its first round in March 2017 under Presidential auspices, led by the Ministry of Youth and Sports represented in the Egyptian Sports Union for Mental Disabilities. The forum, titled “Life is Sweet” this year will feature the participation of 42 Arab and foreign countries, as well as numerous artists and creators from diverse fields. -@TashaMutsiba.

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