So we couldn’t make it to HIFA (Harare International Festival of the Arts) this year, but we still can’t stop talking about how amazing this annual festival is, (one of the Highlights of being Zimbabwean in our opinion!) The theme for this year is Switch On, and we hear they are set to do just that with the ever popular musician JahPrayzah as opening act on one of the main stages. The theme simply their call for us all to “switch on the light in the darkness. Using the flash point of the arts to see our lives as Zimbabweans in a new way.”
The festival runs from the 29th to 5th of May, and will feature artists Freshly Ground and ToyaDeLazy as well, look out for more pics and news on this event!
(pic from the independent.co.zw)
From the 28th to the 30th of March, AfroFresco held what would be its first exhibition at Arundel Village in Harare. The event was held outdoors by a projecting images from local artists and photographers Laurie Macpherson, Kudzai “Exale” Chakaingesu, Dan Muwanigwa and Village Unhu onto a large screen.
The exhibition aimed to simply “bring art to the people” by showing the art to an unsuspecting audience and being careful to target a new spectators without prior exposure to the arts. Although AfroFresco is still very much a young organisation, the event had managed to win the support of Alliance Francaise de Harare and Gavin Peter (the creative director of HIFA) in the weeks before it launched.
Candles adorned the venue throughout the weekend where small groups stopped to dance or comment on the art that was selected under the theme “Inspiration”. Sunday was definitely the best night of the event with the renowned Sunset Jazz band holding a free jam session much to the delight of people passing by as they went about their last minute shopping.