5 Unique Festivals Celebrated By Zimbabweans

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Every African country has it own values, customs and traditions that portrays their existence. When we talk of festivals, it goes a long way to bring travelers who have been away for years to come together and helps in paying allegiance to the gods of the land.

Festivals exhibit the rich culture of every country making it a touring space for visitors to make perfect choices their scale of preferences 

Zimbabwe is one of the most underrated travel destinations in Africa. Its beautiful landscapes, lush mountains, and bubbling rivers are begging to be explored. If you are a nature lover and looking to explore its wild offerings firsthand, then this is the place to be.

 Apart from its natural wonders, Zimbabwe is also brimming with artistic talent that will keep you entertained on your trip. They are not only fun, they also give you an insight into the country’s deep rooted culture. if you are planning to experience the true wonders of this offbeat country,

 read on to find out some of the unique and most popular festivals in Zimbabwe.

 

  • Shoko Festival

The Shoko Festival is Zimbabwe’s longest running urban culture festival.

This celebration has grown to include a comprehensive program of urban culture related events, from hip hop and house to comedy and spoken word.

The festival also hosts a number of workshops, conferences and artist panels. The comedy night is a particular favorite with visitors.

Shoko Festival is Zimbabwe’s biggest festival of urban culture. The event combines arts, new media and civic activism. The festival creates a space that celebrates free expression and politically conscious art. 

Shoko won Promoter of the Year in 2012 and 2013 at the Zim Hip Hop Awards. It has created opportunities for Zimbabwean artists that have led to international tours across Africa, the USA and Europe.

 

  • Jikinya Traditional Dance Festival

The Jikinya Dance Festival is an event held in Zimbabwe that features traditional dances by primary schools from around the country. It was founded by The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) in 2002 as a competitive festival among school aged children. 

The event is purposely meant to showcase the good talent of students in the country and also encourage them to see the beauty of the Zimbabwean traditional dance and culture and perform as well.

The event fosters opportunities to feed into the vast industry that contributes to the production of costumes, shakers and drums which need to be used in schools. 

The intention of coming with this event is to encourage children to appreciate and perform Zimbabwean traditional dances. Such will help to preserve the country’s cultural heritage. NACZ in partnership with the National Association of Primary School Heads (NAPH) normally organizes the event. The event gets funding from Delta Corporation and the Culture Fund.

The ancient fertility dance was called Dembe/Mhende, a Shona word for “Mole”. Mole means fertility thus the dance became so much popular with the locals. The types of dances that feature in this inaugural event include Mhande, Dinhe and Isitshikitsha.

 

  • Harare International Festival of Arts

The Harare International Festival of the Arts(HIFA) is one of Africa’s largest international arts festivals . 

Thus festival helps in exhibiting the talents in the art industry being it dance, music, movie acting paintings and handiwork arts

The festival was established in 1999 by Manuel Bagorro the festival takes place each year in late April or early May in Harare , the capital of Zimbabwe . The week-long festival encompasses five principal disciplines being theatre, music, dance, fine art, and poetry.

 

Organizing and facilitating a festival the size of HIFA in the difficult sociopolitical and economic conditions  that characterize Zimbabwe today is no easy task. 2008 was a particularly difficult year for the Festival, with controversial elections and hyperinflation which ultimately led to the collapse of the Zimbabwean dollar , providing an unsettling backdrop.

 

As a private endeavor , HIFA depends on funding from private sources, including local businesses and multinational corporations . Further supplementary funding comes from donors, and embassy missions represented in Harare. Funding from embassies and missions is largely used to facilitate artists from their respective countries. Other revenue sources include fees collected from ticket sales from the different shows run during HIFA week.

 

  • Midlands Arts and Cultural Festival

THE Midlands Arts and Culture Festival has gone national, giving room for more artistes from all the corners of the country to participate in the annual event. To suit its national scope, the one time provincial showcase has assumed a new name, the Midlands Arts and Culture Festival Zimbabwe.

Festival founding director, renowned reggae artiste, Joe Wailer, said this year’s six-day event was a must-attend as there will be a variety of artistes representing different genres.

 

  • Harare International Food Festival

Zimbabwean Food and Culture Festival is a celebration of our authentic Zimbabwean lifestyle. Through the festival people celebrated and showcased the evolution and value of authentic Zimbabwean foods, languages, arts etc

Harare International Food Festival is the best way to experience Zimbabwe’s local cuisine. It features food and wine from the best in the industry. If possible, time your visit to the country around this festival to explore the gourmet foodie scene of Zimbabwe. You get the city’s greatest foods prepared by high-profile chefs, complemented by outstanding entertainment all under one roof. Don’t miss this celebration of Zimbabwe’s cultural food if you want to explore the culinary excellence of the country.

This festival portrays the rich agriculture status of Zimbabwe. It shows the good and palatable foods they have got that a family considering a visit to any African country to make Zimbabwe as an option to explore the good things they have from it festivals through to adventure.

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