In a moment when musical legend Dick Chingaira popularly known as Cde Chinx has been honoured for his sterling contribution to the music industry, the Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) on the other hand has roared into life.

Many exhibitors in the arts sector are optimistic of making business contacts while riding on an anticipated exciting edition.

The much-awaited HIFA kicked off sticking to its traditional six-day format, stretching from this Tuesday (today) to Sunday.

HIFA comes back after a one-year time out due to financial constraints and a low sponsor turnout.

HIFA associate executive director, Tafadzwa Simba says the festival will be an exciting entertainment package.

Award-winning stand-up comedian Carl Joshua Ncube has for the second time been picked up by the festival organisers to co-ordinate the comedy programmes at the festival.

Most exhibitors have expressed optimism that they will create important networks at the historic arts showcase.

Since its inception in 1999, HIFA has received recognition for its support of arts and culture in Zimbabwe becoming major event drawing revellers from across the globe.