GWERU: The Midlands Show Society is set to host a gospel music festival on 26 November aimed at raising funds for their day-to-day operations.
Dubbed, Midlands Gospel Festival, funds raised are also expected to kickstart preparations for next year’s show and other fund-raising activities.
Speaking during a press conference, the president of the Midlands Show Society, Pascal Muringani said prominent gospel musician Minister Michael Mahendere will headline the show and will be supported by Dorcas Moyo and Gweru’s Joyful Praise Gospel choir.
He said several local gospel artists and choirs will also perform in competitions.
“It is not a light gig, but this is a community effort to try and bring some presence of the Godly spirit in the Midlands,” he said.
The festival will however also have companies exhibiting on the day.
”We urge all business sectors and stakeholders who would like to market and sell their products on the day of the festival to come and join us so that we all benefit from the event,” he said.
”We had about 200 exhibitors during this year’s Midlands Agricultural show and this time if we get a third of that, that will be fine.
“What we are simply doing is giving new ideas a chance and at the same time awarding the young generation that will run the show after us opportunities to activate what will work and sustain the show society for generations to come,” he said.
“It was a brainwave and we said let’s have another one themed around gospel,” added Muringani.
The festival will be the first of its kind in conception and scale. It is set to be held constantly with the show society calling for young entrepreneurs to use such opportunities and grow.