SIMBA ARTS IN NORWAY & ZIMBABWE
We are two Brothers namely; Tendai Zuze Fulukia (aka Apostel) & Simbarashe Norman Fulukia (aka Simba).We 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 Chimutashu of Karoi District, Mashonaland West Province in Zimbabwe.
Our 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 our teenage. In the year 1997, we established an organization operating underground and we have never looked back ever since. Our organization went through the name Evolution before we became Simba aRts.
Simba and his brother Tendai, who is one of his best friends, work in partnership as Tendai leads the team on the ground in Zimbabwe and Simba leads the team in Norway.
Our 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 organization draws from its name, its ethos, and values of strength and oneness in numbers.
Simba Arts is an umbrella non-profitable organization whose principal business is to foster social cohesion through Arts, dance, in particular. Simba Arts also empowers young people emerging and professional artists to create jobs out of dance, art and ultimately ensure that dance, art contributes to community development.
We run several projects in Bergen, Norway & Harare, Zimbabwe; comprising of the Bergen Afro Arts Festival, Me! Fest culture Expo, the Vestland Danseteater; the Movement Foundation Training (MoFot) that provides free professional dance training to unlimited young people from high-density suburbs & multicultural commnities; the Richmind Business Solutions; the Unlimited Xpressionz (Un-X); the Tendaiishe Studio and Synlig Renhold.
ACHIEVEMENTS OF SIMBA ARTS
Formation of the first integrated physical theatre company in the newly Vestland region ; www.vestlanddanseteater.no
Formation of the first Ubuntu driven Afro Arts Festival in Norway
Formation of Dance Day celebration in Bømlo kommune
Formation of the first Mbare Edutainment Festival (Me! Fest)
Staging performances of Contemporary dance and other multicultural creations sometimes with international professional dancers as principal artistes
Staging productions of “#GreatZimbabwe” and “Unlimited Ubuntu”, which provide all dancers with the opportunity to perform on a stage in front of an audience.
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.
OUR projects are occasionally financed by:
Associated with: 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, Dance Trust of Zimbabwe
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