Amakhosi Cultural Center
Amakhosi Cultural Center is a popular Bulawayo Theatre House. Founded in 1980, Amakhosi is known for producing award nominated plays such as The Madalas and The Song of a Woman, among many other acts. Amakhosi's main objective is training and talent developing in performing arts. In 2014, the center joined Bulawayo's 120th anniversaries by staging some of its memorable plays.
Founding and History
Amakhosi Theater Productions was founded by Cont Mlanga in 1980 Bulawayo's Makokoba township. It started off as a youth karate club before being turned semi professional in 1988. Amakhosi went on to create its first pilot arts training Centre, Amakhosi Performing Arts Workshop (APAW) that produced and toured nationally and internationally with theatre plays written and directed by Cont Mhlanga. By 1995 Amakhosi had established Zimbabwe’s first privately owned Cultural Centre located in the boundaries of the city Centre. It became known as Amakhosi Cultural Centre (ACC). Two years down the lne, Amakhosi moved to the new premises and established a full arts business operation at the Centre in 1998. Since then the Centre holds its own as key anchor for the arts and creative cultural industries, not only in Bulawayo but the country as a whole.
Each year Amakhosi recruits about 30 talented students that would have finished their Ordinary levels with passes in the arts subjects. It offers National Certificates and National Diplomas in Drama, TV and Video Production, Dance, Music and Arts Management.
120th Bulawayo Anniversary
On the 24th of May 24, Amakhosi will be at be at Pumula Hall between 2pm and 6pm staging some of its best plays. This is part of celebrting Bulawayo's 120th anniversary which, Mlanga the founder of Amakhosi, said is part of giving back to the community.
As artistes who have benefited a lot from the structures of our local government, we would like to make sure we take part in the celebrations by partnering the city and carrying out a community outreach to the townships he said.