You may remember a post a while ago about a spectacular musical performance in Bulawayo – the Song of the Carnivores. The whole program involved music, song, poetry, art and educational lectures – all about the magnificant five large carnivores of Zimbabwe. But it was the overall musical and choral performance of “The Song” which was the focus of the event last May.
Due to the fantastic success of the first performance, a second performance was held last week at the Old City Hall in Bulawayo. I was super-excited to be able to attend this time, as I hadn’t been able to go to the last performance.
Once again it was truly spectacular show, and thanks must go to the British Council and to Dr Netty Purchase of the Rangewide Program for Cheetah and Wild Dog in southern Africa for all they did to make it happen.
Amongst other distingished guests to attend the performance was Zimbabwe’s minister of sports, arts and education, David Colthart, who opened the performance with a great motivational speech.
Many different schools participated in this performance and it was a truly spectacular show- made all the more wonderful by the fact that it was so directly about conservation of the five large carnivores. This performance had a great educational narration between each verse, beautifully done by high school students, and if there is anything that is going to get the conservation message into a large group of young minds, this was it!
The afternoon also saw a display of many of the pieces of art that had been submitted in the art competition (some of which showed a fantastic talent), as well as poetry readings of the winning poems and a shorter series of talks about the five carnivores (we did the wild dog one).
Excitingly, the Song of the Carnivores will be performed again in London, UK, in November at an event at London Zoo, where Usain Bolt will be the guest of honour!! He has agreed to be the official spokesman for cheetah conservation and everyone is thrilled that this project is to be taken to these levels.
Thanks again to all those great people and organisations that made this happen.