3 continents represented in: – a Concert Series, a Comedy Night, DJ Parties, An International Poetry Slam, New Media, and Arts Workshops, Debates – Live Graffiti, The Hub Unconference, an Art Exhibition, and All The Beautiful Madness That Is Shoko Festival.
The Shoko Festival is zimbabwe’s fastest-growing international festival. Shoko is a living experiment in urban culture, free expression and positive social change. Shoko is about breaking down the barriers between media, culture, and activism to create dialogue, progress and cutting edge new urban culture.
Shoko 2011 had 1,200 people in attendance over its four-day duration. Shoko generated significant media interest as it was reported on the BBC, the global press institute, and other international media.
The festival succeeded to bring in acts from 8 different countries including headline acts such as Akala (UK), tumi & the volume (SA), hired gun (USA) and Andreattah Chuma (Bots). Meanwhile, the Shoko 2012 edition saw the numbers attending jump to 3,200 over an expanded six-day period while the festival created employment for over 250 artists.
In 2013 6,000 people attended Shoko to see the likes of Tony rebel (Jam), Symbiz (Ger) and Khuli Chana (SA) among others. It included talks and workshops on new media that welcomed participants from around the country and speakers from the continent and Europe. As Shoko looks ahead to 2014 there is only growth, excitement and creativity that lies ahead.
Shoko is staking its claim on the african festival circuit as a must see for any hip- hop and live music fans and performers with glowing reviews from all of its past guests.
This year’s Shoko Festival 2014 takes place on 25th – 28th September 2014.