We are now in the middle of October, and festival season continues on in full force with an event on a mission to remind us to be loud and proud about our culture. This is 263 Culture Fest.
263 Culture Fest is a new, annual event that is showing festival goers all there is in our culture to be proud of, while also loving and supporting what other cultures have to offer.
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Artist Lineup and Impact
This year, 263 is exploring what it looks like to celebrate sounds from all over Zimbabwe and South Africa.
On the local side of things, rather than focusing solely on Harare, the festival is also bringing artists and DJs from Bulawayo, Mutare, and Gweru, vibrant musical centres in Zimbabwe that are often overlooked by Hararians and their events.
The 12-hour festival will be at Belgravia Sports Club on October 28, and will feature over 10 different acts. So far, the lineup includes:
DJ King Her
All of the listed local artists are well-known in the Zim live and recording music world. This month, Jah Prayzah has already performed at Kadoma Music Festival and Mbare Netball Complex. He is also slated to perform at a black-tie, limited-entry event at the beginning of November.
It’s exciting to know that if you are a fan, you still have another more affordable chance to experience his music, before the year ends, in the special way that only happens at live performances.
The Fest also provides a unique opportunity for upcoming artists to interact on a professional level with veterans like these. The value that all the artists involved are able to gain from interacting with other artists from different cities, countries, and backgrounds is hard to quantify. This type of exposure can set the stage for new levels of creativity and collaboration.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Partnership
But that’s not all. Culture Fest wants to make sure their impact spreads well past the festival grounds and the world of music. The organisers of the events have partnered with Gunhill Medical Village to support their cancer awareness, research, and treatment efforts.
Through this partnership and the work they’re doing alongside their ambassadors, Charity Makawa, Debra Jeans, and Mrs. Mapimidze, 263 Culture Fest is doing what they can to support the millions of patients worldwide that are affected by breast cancer each year.
After the event concludes, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to an organisation working with cancer patients. Gunhill Medical Centre will advise on and oversee this donation.
Ticket Pricing and Availability
If you’re looking for a purpose-driven festival with a daytime option, then 263 Culture Fest may be exactly what you’re looking for. Tickets start at $25, and can be bought in-person or online.
Note: There are a limited number of Early-Bird tickets available for purchase, so make sure you buy your ticket as soon as possible!
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