Hifa reaches out to communities

HARARE - There will be a number of outreach performances this year, with local and international artists going out to low-income areas within Harare to perform and workshop with the communities there.

Dance companies such as Kuenda Productions will be presenting Twenty Fifteen. Other performances among many, like Woodlands and We Bleed the Same Colour will be showcased.

2015 will see the continuation of Hifa’s efforts to support its host city, the City of Harare, in activities that promote urban regeneration.

Hifa is working with the City of Harare on availing a renovated public lavatory for women.

Hifa plans to work with the City of Harare on rehabilitation of pavements within the city’s CBD.

Hifa will be working with its green partner, Environment Africa, in conducting environmental awareness activities.

Members of Hifa’s loyalty programme, the HifAmigos, who last year independently started a crowd sourcing initiative to raise funds for school children affected by floods, will continue and expand this initiative to assist the destitute aged.

Classical dance and circus

Presented at Hifa 2015 by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Tangram skilfully redraws the boundaries between classical dance and circus.

In this beautiful heartfelt duet between an Italian ballet dancer and a German juggler, the unlikely couple explore the trials and tribulations of a relationship with both furious passion and tenderness.

Whether she is gracefully hanging from her partner’s fingertips like a marionette or he has to shield himself from balls landing on him like missiles — control shifts constantly. 

Hifa partners UZ’s Theatre Arts

Hifa has been working for several years with the University of Zimbabwe Theatre Arts department.

On an annual basis, several of the department’s top students are attached to the stage management crew of Hifa as part of their degree course assessment.

This year, with the assistance of the African Music Development Programme (AMDP) and in collaboration with the Busara Festival (Zanzibar), Hifa will extend this educational and skills exchange initiative to technical crew members from the Busara Festival.

Hifa will bring in four lighting/sound technicians from South Africa who will work with their Zimbabwean counterparts to provide on-the-job training.

Skills transfer is an important element of Hifa’s overall objectives.

Funding analysis to launch at Hifa

Tomorrow, Nhimbe Trust in partnership with Pamberi Trust with support from the British Council and Africalia will launch the Funding Analysis — Modes of Engagement Research Report conducted and written by Melissa Eveleigh.

The launch will be held at the Art Market @ Hifa at 8.30am.

The report explores opportunities, threats and gaps in local arts funding.

This research is a response to the commonly held view that external financial support for the arts is more reactive and sporadic, than proactive and strategic.

ZOL sponsors Hifa Mainstage

This year, ZOL Zimbabwe is sponsoring the main stage at Hifa 2015.

This is the first year that ZOL has sponsored the main stage. It used to be the Telecel Main Stage. In the past years ZOL has sponsored the theatre programme.

ZOL has a ZOL Selfie competition, all someone has to do is take a photo (selfie) of themselves or with some friends (or a special somebody) and post it to their ZOL Facebook wall.

They can also put it on Twitter with the hashtag #LiveLikeThis.

Once one is done, you will have the chance to win amazing prizes including free Internet, an Ipad Air, dongles and so much more.

Hifa patrons will have the ability to connect to any ZOL spot for free at any of the Hifa venues.

This allows people to access websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and even access e-mails.

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