Hifa to bring together 1 000 voices

HARARE International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) 2017 edition has big plans, including a showcase that will incorporate 1 000 people on a single stage.

Hifa’s associate executive director, Tafadzwa Simba told the WeekendPost that they were already busting planning for next year’s event.

“We will have what we call A Night of a Thousand Voices which will see us go throughout the country looking for 1 000 voices to take part in a single show. They will go on stage for a big performance on one single night.

“The majority of them will be singers but there will also be dancers and other types of performers,” he said.

He, however, could not reveal if it was Hifa’s Opening or Closing Night act.

“I cannot divulge those details yet. All I can say is that it is a big event that people should look forward to.

“After 16 years of running the festival, we needed to revamp and this required 18 months to prepare.”

Hifa week as it is traditionally known took a break this year, with events being spaced out as monthly activities.

Currently running is the Hifa Harare Theatre Season which started yesterday (Thursday).

Shows on display include Shakespeare On Film, Spoken Word 1, The Pianist, The Impro Show,  Joyced!, The Pianist, The Olive Tree, The Olive Tree and others.

“Hifa’s fun and fabulous mini-festival is supported by Danida and the Embassy of Portugal, it is a celebration of all types of theatre, including physical storytelling, spoken word, dance theatre, satire and comedy.

“This unprecedented Harare event is an invitation to experience the work of local and visiting artists, to stretch your mind, embark on artistic journeys, and challenge your preconceptions and exchange ideas with artists and audience members. The event will take place at Reps Theatre complex; we’re delighted to partner with Reps on this event,” said Simba.

There are nine other events lined up for the whole year.

“The theatre week will host various themes, including comedy and satire, serious plays and will feature local, regional and international performances. The concept is to have several events throughout the year but Hifa week will be back next year,” Simba said.

During the last weekend of April, Hifa held a Classical Music Celebration which took place at St George’s College in Harare.

Hifa executive director Maria Wilson said the festival was still ongoing, only in a different manner.

“It has just changed in a way that our audiences are not used to. We will be holding shows in different places where audiences have no access to us.” —Sharon Muguwu

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