Monthly Archives: March 2017

Prince Edward to lauch music festival

PRINCE Edward High School is set to launch a music festival bringing together various high schools to showcase different genres of music on April 1 with an official launch graced by the legendary Oliver Mtukudzi as guest of honour.

The event will be broadcast live on Power FM Zimbabwe.

THE Festival will be running under the theme, Creating Opportunity for Youth through Music, and it is expected to begin at 10am and ending 6pm. It will give a platform to the musical talent and excellence of Zimbabwean youths at high school level to display their skills in vocals and music instruments.

St John’s College, Churchill High School, Prince Edward School Old Boys (guest appearance), St Georges College, Heritage School, Watershed College, Prince Edward School and Tynwald Primary School will participate, according to festival co-ordinator, Elizabeth Phiri.

The school’s music department director, Elias Mapiye, said the festival will provide an opportunity for the pupils to have their music skills.

The Prince Edward School Jazz Band is set to take attendants on a trip down memory lane with music from the 1930s to the 1960s.

“the school had for many years churned out well-rounded young men, some of whom have become captains of industry, top sportspersons and
entertainers”,said  Elizabeth Phiri.

“This platform will not only provide an opportunity for one to showcase their talent, but it will also provide a challenge to improve and perfect one’s art,” he said.

She said the fiesta is going to be held annually to provide a platform for young musicians to advance their schooling and music talents.

“The Prince Edward High Schools Music Festival will become an annual event, which we hope to grow from year-to-year. It is the vision of the co-ordinating committee that future festivals will provide a platform for young musicians to further their education and musical talent by partnering, with universities that have music programmes at local, regional and international level,” she said.

HIFA 2017 THEME, DATES, AND MORE

”We are staging an intervention, we are coming in the midst of confusion and anxiety not only in our country but  all over the world and we are going to intervene,” said HIFA Director Maria Wilson at a press briefing on Wednesday.

The theme for this year’s edition of HIFA slated to run from May 2 – 7 is “HIFA 2017-Staging and Intervention,”speaking to the socio-economic problems that are bedeviling not only Zimbabwe nation but the world.

“HIFA 2017 is saying let’s stop being negative, and  let’s remember with joy and celebrate what it is to be Zimbabwean, so you are going to see a very different look for HIFA this year because we are saying enough and let’s look into the future,” she said.

HIFA is a 6-day annual festival and workshop programme that showcases the very best of local, regional and international arts and culture in a comprehensive festival programme of theatre,dance, music, circus, street performance, fashion, spoken word and visual arts. HIFA has come to be seen as an important symbol of something positive about Zimbabwe, unifying socially and culturally disparate groups of Zimbabweans at a time of ideological conflict and political uncertainty bringing huge audiences together to celebrate something positive – the healing and constructive capacity of the arts.

Since its inception in 1999, the Festival has received recognition for its support of arts and culture in Zimbabwe and is seen as a major contributor to development in this area. HIFA is now the largest cultural event in Zimbabwe and among the eight major festivals in Africa. HIFA has gained local and international media praise on many fronts, for example, Robert Grieg writing in the South Africa Sunday Independent -“The Harare International Festival of the Arts is probably the best organised festival in the sub-continent and one of the most manageably diverse. More importantly in the current socio-economic situation HIFA has come to be seen as an important symbol of something positive about Zimbabwe”.