BY JAMES MUONWA in KAROI
Preparations for the sixth edition of the Hurungwe Arts Festival (HAF) are at an advanced stage, with organisers promising a bigger and better event that will attract artistes from other African countries.
Local artistes drawn from Hurungwe in Mashonaland West province pursuing different arts genres will next month showcase their talents alongside acclaimed and upcoming arts practitioners from across the country and the continent.
The event will be held in the usually sleepy town of Karoi from July 26 to 28.
HAF director Joel Zilala (pictured left) said his team was putting modalities to ensure the successful hosting of this year’s edition to run under the theme:
Living the Legacy.
“We are presently busy with various logistics for the event to ensure we bring to life a true experience of the arts, packed with creativity, passion and energy,” Zilala said.
“Besides showcasing our local artistes from Hurungwe district and across the country, HAF will give audiences an opportunity to appreciate arts from other countries such as Zambia and Uganda with visiting artistes from these countries having already confirmed their participation.”
Audiences at the three-day fiesta will be treated to music, dance, drama, poetry and visual arts at various venues dotted around the farming town.
Artistes will have a chance to share their experiences during workshops that will run concurrently with exhibitions by different stakeholders, including corporates and individuals who are into fine arts, crafts as well as literature.
Organisers of HAF, which has been running for the past half decade, say it aims to be a vehicle for societal transformation.
“Our vision is to develop a better society through the understanding and appreciation of various arts forms among Zimbabweans and how they contribute to socio-economic development, health, education and human rights promotion,” added the HAF director.
HAF, which works in collaboration with the private sector and non-governmental organisations, also seeks to help the country attain Sustainable Development
Goals relating to cultural development.