There will be a number of outreach performances this year, with local and
international artists going out to low-income areas within Harare to perform
and workshop with the communities there. Dance companies such as Kuenda
Productions presenting Twenty.Fifteen, and other performances among many like
Woodlands and We Bleed the Same Colour will be showcased.
2015 will see the continuation of HIFA’s eff orts to support its host city, the City of
Harare, in activities that promote urban regeneration. HIFA actively supports the
concept of the infrastructural integrity within the City. This year HIFA will continue
with several projects under this umbrella.
HIFA’s project in which push carts are used by youths to collect rubbish in several
test areas in Harare’s high density suburbs will go up a notch. Not only is this pilot
project exploring potential employment opportunities but also contributes to health
promotion through public sanitation. HIFA is working with the City of Harare on
availing a renovated public lavatory dedicated for the use of women. HIFA plans to
work with the City of Harare on rehabilitation of pavements within the City’s CBD.
In addition to the endeavours carried out in conjunction with the City of Harare,
HIFA will be working with its Green Partner, Environment Africa, in conducting
environmental awareness activities. Environment Africa will have a team on the HIFA
site that will be separating waste generated by the Festival. Environment Africa will
also be engaging visitors to the Festival site in general environmental awareness
HIFA has as one of its core principles the idea of inspiration towards action. Members
of HIFA’s loyalty programme, the HifAmigos, who last year independently started
a crowd sourcing initiative to raise funds for school children aff ected by fl oods, will
continue and expand this initiative to assist the destitute aged. We see this as the
beginning of many such initiatives with more partners.