AFDA Cape Town honours alumni, Natalie Kombe is a cultural producer based in Harare, Zimbabwe who has been coordinating Shoko Festival, Zimbabwe’s fastest growing Urban Culture festival, for five years. Her work ranges from overseeing the entire production of the festival from conception to implementation, each year striving to come up with more creative ways of expanding the reach of the arts and the exposure of Zimbabwean artists through the Shoko Festival platform. The disciplines showcased at the festival are Music, Comedy, Spoken Word and New media.
These programmes are designed to create space for alternative voices, and for people to be able to express themselves freely. Natalie has also written social commentary articles for Kalabash media, and has worked as a satire comedy actress and scriptwriter for Zambezi News. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Classical Civilizations (Rhodes Grahamstown) and a BA Hons in Filmmaking (AFDA Cape Town). She has over 11 years of experience in the arts industry, having previously held positions as the Youth Zone consultant at HIFA (Harare International Festival of the Arts) and as the festival coordinator at ZIFFT (Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust).