Bagorro will take on a new role as board member and consultant for the international programming of Hifa.
“This is such an exciting opportunity for the organisation to embrace a new artistic vision while honouring Hifa’s heritage to foster innovation and engage new audiences in this magical Festival that we all love so dearly,” said Bagorro.
He said it had been a life-altering privilege serving as Artistic Director of Hifa since its inception in 1999 and he was grateful to everyone who had supported this in many different ways over the years, particularly his sister and Hifa’s executive director, Maria Wilson.
Bagorro said he was proud to continue his involvement in all the areas where he could be most helpful, while supporting a new artistic director whose appointment would represent a thrilling new chapter of the festival.
“So… with a time of exciting change ahead and an ongoing context in Zimbabwe of challenges, hope, passion, pride, joy, frustration, fear, compassion, aspiration and love… all the things that bind us together as a courageous community,” he said.
Bagorro said Hifa offered a programme of artistic sustenance, calling on audiences and all Zimbabweans to boldly embrace the creative force within them.