Sunday, April 17, 2011

HARARE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS 2011



The Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) is in it's 12th year. It's probably one of the biggest festivals in the region, definitely one of the most multidisciplinary live performance spectacles with a comprehensive festival program. Wonderful stuff for children to do in the kids zone and a lot more for the discerning culture bandit seeking solid entertainment and fantastic company.


It's being held at the Harare Gardens from April 26 to May 1st 2011, so if you happen to be in Zimbabwe or the region around that time come and check out a ton of international acts including the sonic slam chorus which I'm a part of alongside Norway's Cecilie Giskemo and Asbjoern Lerheim, Zimbabwe's Prudence Katomene, V Mukarati and Dikson *whose poetry video for the edgily-enchanting poem limbo is accessible on you tube*



>Last year (2010) I performed alongside Comrade Fatso, Outspoken and Zubz (SA) as part of an explosive set backed by the amazing Chabvondoka band. I also took part in the Hivos poetry cafe sessions (alongside Phillippa Yaa De Villiers and Richard Brown) hosted by Chirikure Chirikure - who recently had some of his poems anthologized in Chinese among other African greats and the occassional upstart such as myself thrown in for good measure in the book No Serenity Here.


'Times New Roman';">Come and see what is likely to be a very different Zimbabwe than you would otherwise imagine, if only for a few days. Vist http://www.hifa.co.zw/ for the early release programme.


A few months later here is where you can some of our poetry-music-thingy-ma-jig http://soundcloud.com/dikson/these-women-by-sonic-slam

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