Hifa -the art of determination

ZIMBABWE’S celebrated arts festival, Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) will premiere local and international artistic talent on April 29.

Launching the artistic showcase, Hifa chairperson, Angeline Kamba said this year’s six-day event is inspired by the resilience exhibited by local artists and the corporate sector over the past nine years of existence.
“This year’s theme (The Art of Determination) is an acknowledgement of Zimbabwe’s artistic resilience,” said Kamba.
“Despite all the problems and artistic risk we are going to have Hifa. We appreciate the role of culture in our society. There is a culture in everything we do. Culture is not just a tradition, it’s the way we live.”
She added that local artists had defied all odds and “artistic risk” by making Hifa possible.
According to the organising team a visual arts genre named “Art on Purpose” will be launched this year. Under this artistic act, artists will exhibit and auction an array of postcards produced from watercolours.
Proceeds from Art on Purpose will be channelled towards the development of art institutions.
Apart from this fine art, the event will also feature visual, literary and performing arts such as spoken word; dance; theatre workshops; theatre and intriguing musicals.
In line with the theme, Hifa founder and artistic director, Manuel Bagorro also appreciated the determination shown by the corporate sector and diplomatic missions in supporting the internationally acclaimed event since 1999.
He also described why this year’s banner had a ballot symbol.
“Our graphics describe that we are in an election,” said Bagorro acknowledging how Saturday’s polls had inspired creativity of the banner.
According to organisers the festival has seen a sharp rise of box office tickets sales over the past two years. Tickets sold in 2008 grew by close to 20 000 from about 39 000 sold the previous year. The event managers are projecting this year’s tickets to exceed 75 000.
Last year Hifa celebrated the fete under the theme “Heartbeat of the City”.

By Bernard Mpofu