Hifa feels the pinch

HARARE - Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa), which cancelled its 2016 edition in a bid to “reinvent itself,” has made a public appeal for donations.

Hifa founder and artistic director Manuel Bagorro made the appeal for donations on his Facebook page.

“Please, donate to Hifa. The festival is an amazing annual celebration of what is possible when the local community, Zimbabwean diaspora and creative friends across the world work together to make something healing and beautiful happen in Zimbabwe.

“Hifa has achieved incredible things and has the potential to do so much more over the next few years — but the festival needs your help. Give any amount you can — all contributions are welcome and appreciated,” said Bagorro.

The appeal for donations, which is not surprising given Zimbabwe’s floundering economy, could be a signal that Hifa has found its bid to reinvent itself tougher than it had hoped.

  This year, Zimbabwe’s leading festival is holding several arts and sporting activities in preparation for the 2017 edition.

From its inception in 1999 right until the 2014 edition, resilient Hifa was an oasis of success, hope and calm despite the economic and political turbulence that ravaged Zimbabwe for many years.

But the run-up to the 2015 edition proved a turning point. Hifa associate executive director Tafadzwa Simba revealed that four corporates that he declined to name were no longer in a position to sponsor the festival due to the depressed economic environment.

“There are four direct investors who will not be part of Hifa this year who were there last year. We would like to note that the operating environment is very difficult.

“Needless to say, the economic environment has been difficult over the past year and yes, there are some companies that will not be able to benefit from an association with what has been recognised as one of the largest international events in the world,” he said at the time.

Simba described the 2015 edition of Hifa as a “miracle.”

“It almost did not happen owing to the difficult economic environment we are all operating in. Hifa is grateful to the government ministries and agencies, corporate and development partners and above all the audiences and artists who pulled together to make Hifa 2015 a success,” he told the Daily News a day after Hifa 2015.

Comments (1)

Problem is you were now politicking by hiring bands like freshly ground. The goverment won't support you if you don't have their best interests.

anri3v - 29 July 2016

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