HARARE - The Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) has lined up a series of events that will take place in the run-up to their 2017 edition.
Hifa announced in October last year that they had decided not to hold their six-day event this year to allow them “to step back, reinvent and come back bigger and better in 2017.”
On Tuesday, Hifa associate executive director Tafadzwa Simba unveiled a calendar that includes art and sport events.
“Everything that we have set for this year’s calendar is to lead and take us to next year as we have taken a step further in expanding Hifa to different places and cities around Zimbabwe.
“Events are to start on 29 April to 1 May 2016 with the CABS Classical Music Celebration as our opening category.
“We decided to start with the Classical Music Celebration event because it is the foundation of all music and we are also going to show audiences what classical music is,” said Simba at a press conference held at Crowne Plaza Monomotapa.
The CABS Classical Music Celebration will feature South African group Coda Africa, fronted by vocalist Zami Mdingi, which combines the violin, cello, saxophone as well as a DJ. Their latest album was nominated for two All Africa Music Awards (Afrima).
Coda Africa will share the stage with fellow South African group Urban Strings made up of 12 musicians. The group is led by vocalist and violinist Larah Eksteen.
The CABS Classical Music Celebration will be followed by the theatre programme event that has been scheduled for May. Other events on the calendar include Parkade Party and Music concert weekend (June), rugby exhibition match and classical ballet celebration (July), equestrian exhibition, art auction and wine show (August), Formula One racing demonstration (September), fashion, hair and beauty show (November) and the Anti-poaching and Environmental Conservation conference that will take place in December.
At the same press conference, Hifa executive director Maria Wilson said the festival was still very much alive even though it is in a different format this year.
“Hifa is on this year, just that it is in a changed way that our audiences are not used to. We will be going to different places where audiences do not have access to us. People in Bindura for instance have a lot of talent but they do not have access to us and this time we are going there.
“The 2017 edition will be held under the theme ‘Next Level’ and we are starting to take things to the next level right now,” Wilson said.