Last night vf24 staff witnessed the opening ceremony on HIFA in the centre of Harare ( Harare Gardens )  The event was an incredible mix of talent, including poems read out to dance and music, new age African dance choreographed with imagination and skill, timing and rhythm.

The event ended with the most amazing fireworks display Zimbabwe has seen in many years.. SWradio reported as follows..

Harare International Festival of the Arts kicks off

By Lance Guma
01 May 2012

The Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) got underway Tuesday
night with a dynamic cast of local and international performers set to light
up the Main Stage.

This year the six day festival goes under the theme “A Show of Spirit” and
will feature “music, theatre, dance, visual arts, craft, spoken word and
youth programming” according to HIFA founder and artistic director, Manuel

On Sunday music legend Oliver Mtukudzi will make a welcome return to HIFA on
the main stage in a show that will celebrate his 65th birthday. Other local
talents to feature over the coming days will be mbira songstress Chiwoniso
Maraire, urban groover Alexio Kawara and poets Outspoken and Comrade Fatso.

Those attending the festival can also expect to see the likes of Black
Umfolozi, Siyaya, Jeys Marabini, Willis Watafi, Family Voices, Umdumo
Wesizwe, Simon Banda and poet Albert Nyathi. Dance group Super Crew and tap
dancing and live jazz music crew Jazz Tap Ensemble from the United States
will also feature.

HIFA says it aims to “showcase the very best of Zimbabwean, regional and
international arts and culture in a comprehensive programme of theatre,
dance, music, circus, street performance, spoken word, craft and visual
arts.” The intention they say is to “celebrate the healing and constructive
capacity of the arts.”

This will be the 13th edition of the HIFA festival.