Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) week brings beauty and cohesion of diverse groups of people from all over the world. It's rich in culture, love, dance and occasional stolen phones but most importantly it brings a lot of smiles on many people's faces. This year's festival had; 192 Performances, 1041 Local Artists, 287 Regional and International Artists and 43 Nationalities represented. Lucky Aaroni was there and he captured the moments presented in this photo essay.
In a country where meaningful entertainment is often scarce and freedom of expression systematically thwarted, these festivals have become alternative platforms for self expression. The performing arts events are just a few examples of growing community of voices confronting Zimbabwe’s socio-political establishment. They have attracted thousands of audiences from all walks of life nurturing various forms of subcultures through their platforms. Where political rhetoric and elections have failed to redress the country’s problems and the media has been systematically incapacitated, the arts might be the last frontline in the battle for free expression.Read More
Salif Keita is performing at the 2015 edition of the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) and we cannot hide the excitement. Check out this gallery of him performing at the festival in 2010.Read More
Grandma bursts into her favourite song and us the grandchildren respond with so much energy and zeal trying to impress her and compete for affection. She smiles and directs us with her walking stick when we get out of tune, patting our heads in the process; it's a loving pat we all giggle when she pats you with the walking stick.Read More
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