Is to provide opportunities, empower marginalised young people, create jobs out of dance, art, sports and ultimately ensure that dance arts contributes to Community development.
Is to promote dance arts as a profession.
Is to promote oneness in numbers (ubuntu)
And empower marginalised communities through creative arts in particular DANCE, education and Community building.
The community at large, in particular young and different abled People from the minority communities.
Strength and oneness in numbers
OUR STORY / BACKGROUND
Simba Λrts is an registered non-profit umbrella organization that has a motive to empower marginalised women, young people and different abled people who have passion for creative arts in particular DANCE to rise and shine. This has been a motive since Simba Arts was born in 1997 and for the past 24 years has achieved to bring in new young artists each year to grow in the society and world at large.
Its name, Simba, is a Shona word from a vernacular language of the Bantu people of Zimbabwe and other parts of Africa, which translates as strength. The organisation draws from its name, its ethos and values of strength and oneness in numbers.
Our organization was coined by two Brothers namely; Tendai Zuze Fulukia (aka Apostel) & Simbarashe Norman Fulukia (aka Simba).The two were born and raised in the dusty streets of Mbare Township to retired City of Harare Clerck - Pertos Kapanga Fulukia and the late House wife & apostle; Letwin Chimtashu of Karoi District, Mashonaland West Province in Zimbabwe.
Their passion to provide opportunities, empower young people, create jobs out of dance, art, and ultimately ensure that dance, art contributes to Community development began in their teenage life. In the year 1997, they established an organization operating underground and they have never looked back ever since.
The organization went through the name Evolution before we became Simba Λrts.
went through the name Evolution before we became Simba Λrts.
Currently Simba Λrts operates in two countries and five areas (Bergen, Mbare Township, Hatcliffe & Victoria Falls City).
Co-founders Simba and Tendai Fulukia, works in partnership as Tendai leads the team on the ground in Zimbabwe and Simba leads the team in Norway.
The Passion Behind the Simba Arts Movement
SIMBARASHE NORMAN FULUKIA
Co-founder & Creative Executive Director
TENDAI ZUZE FULUKIA (A.K.A APOSTLE)
Co-founder & Executive Head of Programs
CAROLINE RUFARO TEDI
Finance and Adminstration Officer
Mobilizing Officer and Events Coordinator
Communication and Development Officer
LYNN KUDAKWASHE MWAWA (A.K.A TIFFANY)
Digital marketing Officer in Zimbabwe
Dance Arts Projects Coordinator
CHIDO J.A TENGA
Film & Theater Projects Co-odinator
Visual Arts Co-odinator
Body, Mind & Soul Co-ordinator
ACHIEVEMENTS OF SIMBA ARTS
Created freelance employment for 500+ youth & professionals since 1997-present
Mentored 2000+ pupils since 1997-present
Formation of Simba Arts Norway in August 2013
Formation of the first integrated physical dance theatre company in the newly Vestland region ; www.vestlanddanseteater.no
Formation of the first Ubuntu driven Festivals in Norway & Zimbabwe (Bergen Afro Arts Festival & Mbare Edutainment Festival (Me! Fest).The festivals were rebranded to one family touring festival in 2021 namely; Ubuntu Vybz Festival (Ubuntu Vybz Fest) under the theme UnX (UnlimiTed Xpreshenz).
Bringing people together through unlimited expressions in particular with African arts and cultures
Formation of Dance Day celebration in Bømlo kommune in Norway
Staging performances of Contemporary dance and other multicultural creations sometimes with international professional dancers as principal artistes
Promoting dance & music through tours to other cities in Norway & Zimbabwe, films, workshops, lectures
Co-production with the Carte Blanche,Norwegian National Contemporary Dance Company to stage Figure-ring New Voices
Co-production with Syv Mil As, Fana Kulturhus & BITeatergarasjen to stage Figure-ring New Voices
Collaborating with Bømlo & Bergen kulturskole to stage productions to the benefit of the pupils
Collaborating with The Botswana's first Contemporary Dance Company Mophatho at Bergen Afro Arts Festival 2015 for Dance’s benefit.
Staging productions of “#GreatZimbabwe” and “Unlimited Ubuntu”, which provided all dancers/performing Artists with the opportunity to perform on a stage in front of an audience. These projects led to the formation of the first integrated physical dance theater company in the newly city of Victoria Falls,Zimbabwe namely; Danseteater of Mosi Oa Tunya
OUR projects and programmes are self funded & in Norway we are occasionally financed by:
Associated with: Syv Mil As, Cafe Sanaa, Batteriet Vest, Carte Blanche, Fana kulturhus, Ny-kroghborg kultursenter, Naomi Restaurant, Bergen kulturskule,
Dance Link AS, IN2IT International Dance Festival, Nini Kreationz, Freedom Kime Photography, Youth in Peace Building Zimbabwe, Music Crossroads Zimbabwe, Dance Trust of Zimbabwe
UPCOMING / DAILY EVENTS
Rehearsal is a MUST!Sick or NOT unless one can provide a doctor's certificate which is three days old.Fail to produce a certificate, a warning will be issued. Dancers have 60days in 360 days to be excused from work this include a 30day unpaid holiday. An extension of this period must be asked through written letter and directed to the Artistic director.
Children, Youth & Semi Pro Program
Movement Foundation Training (MoFot) is free community based youth & Semi Pro Program based at the Nsai Dansesenter; First Ubuntu & iNf9t flo driven dance studio in high density suburbs of Zimbabwe.
Danseteater of Mosi Oa Tunya & Vestland Danseteater are looking for dancers for their new creations for season 2021/2022.
Dance in Mind project
A campaign featuring live dance events in High density Surburbs and Rural communities, supporting the dance & arts industry and mental health.
#GreatZimbabwe is a colorful explosion of dance, music and theater that diversifies awareness of Ubuntuisim, nynorsk and cultural tourism offerings."Ubuntu is an African term that is translated to" Human Kindness "or" Humanity towards others ".
Love & Tears
Auditions will be held on this 17th July 2021 to select dancer from ages 21-35year olds.This is an adaptation of an original theatre creation by Smith Likongwe, a Veteran playwright and drama lecturer at Chancellor College in Malawi.
This production is a collaboration between Malawi based; Ujeni Theatre Dance Ensemble & Danseteater of Mosi Oa Tunya.
The production will premiere in November 2021 and with a potential regional tour in Blantyre, Lilongwe Malawi, Capetown, Joburg - South Africa in 2022.