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Festival celebrates the arts, HIFA, Harare

Festival celebrates the arts, HIFA, Harare





The 16th Harare International Festival of the Arts will run from 28 April to 3 May 2015. With the theme ‘Articulate’, the festival will present a varied programme over six days including music, dance, spoken word, craft and design, fashion and theatre.

“The 2015 festival is an opportunity for artists, implementing partners and audiences to think creatively, to express ideas clearly, and to communicate a powerful artistic vision,” said a spokesperson for the organisers. “The arts can articulate the best aspects of who we are as individuals, as productive and imaginative communities, and as a vital, multi-dimensional nation. We are our words, so speak; we are our ideas, so think; we are our communal commitment to being expressive, so articulate!”

Touted by CNN in 2014 as one of the top seven “must-see festivals” in Africa, HIFA was first held in 1999 as a multi-discipline showcase designed to bring together a variety of audiences and artists. Championing what HIFA calls “the healing and constructive capacity of the arts”, the festival has grown to be one of the largest and most diverse arts festivals in the world.

HIFA 2014 staged 199 performances involving artists from 33 nations. This included 1,006 Zimbabwean artists and 233 from abroad. Ticket sales totalled 65,733 last year.

HIFA 2015 will host the likes of international music icon, Salif Keita. The Malian legend will be making a return to HIFA after his sold-out performance in 2011.  Festival first-timers will include South African run-away success act, Beatenberg. Having enjoyed massive airplay and a generous reception amongst Zimbabwean music aficionados, Beatenberg is set to light up Harare in a blaze of celebration of positivity for which HIFA is well known.