Hifa comedy programme kicks off

HARARE - Comedians from South Africa and Zimbabwe will feature in the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) comedy and satire programme which will run at Reps Theatre from today until Sunday.

Participating comedians include Lindzy Lihle Msimang, Yasseen Barnes, Donavan Goliath (South Africa) while Zimbabwe will be represented by Simba the Comic King, Q the Boss, Clive Chigubhu, Tatenda Mbudzi, Doc Vikela, Carl Joshua Ncube, Diana Nomsa and Ntando Van Moyo.

The Hifa comedy and satire programme, which is being supported by Danida and the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust, will comprise performances, workshops and spoken word sessions.

In a statement, Hifa said the comedy and satire programme was a critical component of its just-begun Theatre Season.

“The Theatre Season is an immersive weekend of performances, food, wine, conversation, dance and inspiration. It is a celebration of all types of theatre, including physical storytelling, spoken word, dance theatre, satire and comedy,” read part of the statement.

Hifa added that the audience will be treated to a mix of sidesplitting satire and humour on a variety of topical issues as part of Zimbabwe’s leading festival aim to use comedy to positively change society’s attitudes on trending issues.

Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust projects officer Chido Mushaya explained why they agreed to support the theatre season.

“The focus of the Hifa comedy programme is in line with the Culture Impacts Programme, an outcome-oriented approach which focuses on projects that address development challenges through free expression, gender equality, rights and freedoms to deliver measurable results on specific strategic thematic areas.

“Comedy and satire can allow the people of Zimbabwe to discuss the issues of the day and also bring comic relief. Our partnership with Danida has supported this much-needed event that allows free expression,” said Mushaya.

The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust projects officer added that the support of the theatre was in line with its long-standing relationship with the local arts sector.

“The Danida-Culture Fund partnership has since 2014 provided funding for a variety of initiatives, including the Salif Keita and Hope Masike collaborative show at Hifa 2015, Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust, Mzilikazi Art and Craft Centre, Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts and the Zimbabwe-Denmark Cultural Art Dialogue,” she said.

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