Japanese arts groups for Hifa

HARARE - Two Japanese cultural groups are set to perform at next year’s edition of the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa).

Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Yoshi Hiraishi told the Daily News that it was important to revitalise the bilateral relationship between the two countries in the area of cultural programmes.

“Firstly on the cultural exchanges, we are now planning to bring here at least three Japanese arts groups from Japan next year, one in February and two for the Hifa in April,” Hiraishi said.

“The groups coming to Hifa are expected to co-perform with Jenaguru Juniors during their stay. They are also planning to perform in Bulawayo and Victoria Falls,” said Hiraishi.

The 2015 edition of Hifa will run under the theme, Articulate.

It will run from April 28 to May 3.

Hifa is a six-day annual festival and workshop programme that showcases the very best of local, regional and international arts.

Since its inception in 1999, the festival has received recognition for its support of arts and culture in Zimbabwe and is seen as a major contributor to development in this area.

Hifa is now the largest cultural event in Zimbabwe and among the eight major festivals in Africa.

In 2012, about 1 200 people were employed directly by the festival as event staff of some manner and 1 509 artists participated.


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