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NATAAZ festival moved to October

THE National Theatre Arts Association of Zambia (NATAAZ) has postponed the national performing arts festival from next month to October, although the venue still remains Livingstone.
NATAAZ general secretary Isaac Kalumba says the re-scheduling follows logistical adjustments and lack of quick responses and confirmations on the various pledges and commitments made.
Therefore, all theatre groups eager to take part in the festival are being asked to apply immediately for them to be considered eligible for participation in the October 21 – 24 festival. Groups should confirm participation by July 30.
“Plans for the festival remain unchanged with envisaged workshops and tours, besides the festival. The festival is primed to involve 120 participants and officials of which all of them intend converging in Lusaka in order to travel as a team to Livingstone,” Isaac said in a statement.
“Groups are requested to pay their membership fees not later than July 30, 2015; K1,000 membership fee, K50 individual membership of participants, K500 participation fee. Groups that would have paid the fees or any of the said fees should show proof of having done so.”
Isaac says efforts are being made to ensure the transport to and from Livingstone and within is provided.
“However, groups are informed well in advance that precautionary measures should be made towards this arrangement should NATAAZ fail to secure the movement of participants to Livingstone,” he says.
And because of the changes in dates, there will be no provincial festivals to screen theatre groups vying for the Livingstone festival. Instead, groups will be given the leeway to apply stating their suitability to participate in the festival.
Groups intending to participate in the festival should not have more than 10 participants, and when applying should state the title of the play, the year it was written, the author and crew.
The theme of the festival is open although plays with Zambian themes chronicling the last 50 years of Zambian society will be preferred.

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