By Leopold Munhende
After a yearlong sabbatical, Harare will once again play host to one of Africa’s biggest arts festival when the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) kicks off on the 2nd of May this year.
The festival which turns 17 this year had taken a break to reboot after celebrating 15 years in the Zimbabwean and International arts sector according to HIFA associate executive director, Tafadzwa Simba.
IN PIC- Tafadzwa Simba, Maria Wilson and Legacy Hotels representative
HIFA executive director, Maria Wilson said that the festival was coming back amidst growing uncertainty about what the future held for Zimbabwe.
“The theme for this year’s festival is ‘HIFA 2017-Staging an intervention’ and we are saying enough, let us show you the real us.
“We are coming back in the midst of anxiety not only in our country but across the globe and promise that this year’s event will be as big as the festival has always been,” said Wilson.
Wilson said that HIFA owed this to the people of Zimbabwe who deserved it.
Participants at this year’s festival have been drawn from Italy, Germany, Austria and the United States with the renowned Noah Stuart and Lester Lynch expected to make an appearance.
Oliver Mtukudzi and Steve Dyer are also expected to grace the official opening of the festival.
This year’s event is being sponsored by NMB bank, BancABC, CABS, and Old Mutual while the international community has chipped in through a crowd funding initiative according to Simba.