The Festival

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”.

Board of Trustees

Chairperson – Mr Muchadeyi Masunda
Ms Liz Chitiga
Mr George Mutendadzamera
Mr Stephen Chifunyise
Mr Patrick Rooney
Mr Simon Hammond
Ms Nancy Guzha
Mr James Mushore

Mr Manuel Bagorro (Founder & Artistic Director)
Mrs Maria Wilson (Executive Director)


Executive Director – Maria Wilson
Founder & Artistic Director – Manuel Bagorro
Associate Executive Director – Tafadzwa Simba
General Manager – Mind Chamisa
Financial Director – Peter Ward

Head of Artistic Programming – Chishamiso Musariri-Hove
Head of Monitoring & Evaluation – Caroline Tingay
Deputy Head of Media and Community Liaison – Charmaine Chitate
HIFAmigos and Administration Assistant – Amos Zumbulani
Administration Assistant – Linda Mushekwi
Office Assistant – Kudakwashe Chikumba
Office Logistics – Blessing Chimhowa