chiwoniso mara.jpgThis year’s Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) is presenting the best that Zimbabwe has to offer in music, theatre and dance as more than 50% of the participants will be local artists.
The festival will be held under the theme “Show of Spirit”.

This year’s HIFA will see more local artists taking part in the festival.

Festival Founder and Artistic Director, Manuel Bagorro said this is a positive development and a great opportunity for local artists to showcase their talents.

isma lo.jpgBagorro said:“The festival has a year of positive development and inspiration.

“I love the programme this year as it represents the best there is in Zimbabwe, including craft, poets and various youth programmes.”

This year’s programme demonstrates the broad range of Zimbabwe’s audiences’ artistic interests and the dynamic cultural diversity that abounds in the country.

Chairman of the festival, Mr. George Mutendadzamera acknowledged the spirit of partnership exhibited by stakeholders including various government ministries.

“This year’s festival which is embracing a number of local artists as they showcase their creativity, joy, hope and fortitude that drive all of us as Zimbabweans,” Mutendadzamera said.

Local collaborations will be held with visiting artists such as harmonica playing guitarist, Ishmael Lo from Senegal.

A number of workshops will also be held.

Among the local artists who will be taking part are Edith WeUtonga, Chiwoniso Maraire, Alexio Kawara, Winky D, Ngoma Buntimbe from Binga, Oliver Mtukudzi, Willom Tight, Hope Masike and Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana, among others.