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The Harare International Festival of the Arts theatre programme with 12 local productions and five foreign productions is greatly enriched by the DANIDA comedy programme under the theme "Combating Gender Based Violence" that features four foreign stand -up comedians and six Zimbabwean stand-up comedians who will present 18 shows during the 6 day festival. This bumper harvest of theatre will no doubt be one of the dominant features of this festival.

The play which is "a story of two outcasts struggling to overcome their servile identity in a world that refuses to acknowledge them" will have three shows at Standard Theatre with an age restriction of no under The Zimbabwean man is not willing to go back home to Zimbabwe while his wife wants "a ticket to reconnect with her African roots.

The play explores "all the aspects of the human existence and the raw emotions that often lead us to self-destruction decisions. The producer has declared that "Goodnight Harare" is a "laugh loud theatre guaranteed to wake up the neighbours. The play "explores some taboos around the legacy of Mbuya Nehanda and Kaguvi, leaders of the local uprising against the white settlers at the end of the 19th Century".

The play which is directed by a British director - Agnieszka Piotrowaska and which will be presented at the Standard Theatre has a no under 12 age audience restriction. The last production on the local production list is "Crucial Triviality" written by Joakim Daun and directed by Zane E.

Produced by One Million Theatre Company, "Crucial Triviality" is "a fast paced comedy where five different stories of people over sex, love, friendship and relationships are tested to their limits over what seems to be trivial things. This 13 cast production which is directed by Roel Twijnstra has been declared "one of the most important South African productions of the year - a piece of theatrical history that has already toured the most prestigious theatre venues across South Africa.

The play has been described as "a roller coaster, laugh-out-loud journey of an adolescent Greek girl who attempts to go against the grain of a typical Greek society as she grows up into a mature woman.

The play's four characters "explore religious and racial fault lines of their society, where ignorance , arrogance and prejudice combine to alienate human beings from each other.

This is a performance where "seven Australian acrobats push physical limits without reserve and is presented so intimately that you can feel the heat, hear every breath, and be immersed in every moment. The audience is brought in close to surround the stripped stage. In that space the acrobats are pushed to physical limit,breaking down their usual guards and introducing the reality of vulnerability. By submitting above, you agree to our privacy policy. In the theatre skills exchange and sharing sphere HIFA has scheduled six workshops.

The master classes which will "focus on text analysis, rhythm, verse as it pertains to August Wilson and Shakespeare"will be led by Andre Holland-an American actor and director. Thespians willing to be considered for the master classes should contact Elton Mjanana on The second workshop entitled "From Stage to Page" is a two hour workshop to be held on Wednesday 1st May from 14hrs to 16hrs and conducted by Roel Twinjistra-the director of " Madonnas of Excelsior" who will "share his experience of adapting Zakes Mda's novel.

The third theatre workshop will be on physical theatre skills to be conducted by Lloyd Nyikadzino who will deal with the "basic of creating non text based physical theatre in a playmaking exercise" The workshop which is open for actors and directors will be held on Wednesday 30th April from Participants in the two workshops will be assisted to "explore artistic responses to the challenge of reducing barriers between men and women, boys and girls in economic, political and civic arenas.

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HIFA 2014 - Switch On

Consequently, HIFA is a member of a number of networks that promote African artistic industry activities. Switching on Talent HIFA will again host a wide range of workshops, supported by the United Nations Zimbabwe, for the general public as well as master classes for creative industry professionals. The public workshops are important for the fostering of a greater appreciation of the Arts within audiences whilst they get an opportunity to interact more closely with the very stars they would be coming to see perform on HIFA stages. Artistic cross-pollination from master classes are another way in which HIFA fulfils its mandate of promoting greater cross-cultural interaction resulting in novel creative enterprises. HIFA also actively assists various Zimbabwean artistic endeavours throughout the year, particularly other festivals. HIFA regularly lends at no cost equipment, and offers advice and expertise to assist in the staging of these artistic activities that are independent of HIFA. Additionally the Festival holds workshops and discussion groups with artists in order to address problems, share possible solutions, and work together towards more dynamic artistic development.


It ran from April 29 to May 4. Our theme this year is an invitation to seek out the light in darkness, and to explore the capacity of each one of us to illuminate and enlighten through our commitment to the arts. The Festival has been struggling to survive and it is only through the passion, compassion and determination of the HIFA Team that it is still alive. There is so much apathy around us and a real element of not caring about each other or important initiatives, such as HIFA, that are so obviously struggling to continue. You can view or download the programme lineup here. The main act of the closing show scheduled for 4 May by a South African Afro-fusion group called "Freshlyground" was cancelled and replaced with an array of artists after the group was denied entry into Zimbabwe by the immigration authorities. The immediate deportation of the group was generally believed to be the result of their song " Chicken to Change " which was critical of President Robert Mugabe's long stay in power.



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