Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) has cancelled this year’s edition due to the economic hardships that the country is currently facing.
The event was once cancelled in 2016 as people could not withdraw money from banks. Many sponsors have also pulled out. The Executive Director of HIFA, Maria Wilson said the country is dealing with many important issues both social and economic.
“In this context, the Festival cannot responsibly commit to presenting a viable event of the same quality and impact that HIFA is known for this year. The Festival will use this time to work on other projects particularly in to broaden and deepen the organization’s contribution to arts and culture development.
“Showcasing the artistic outcomes of our planned new school programmes will be one facet of the next Festival, 28 April to 3 May 2020,” he said.
The Harare International Festival of the Arts is one of Africa’s largest international arts festivals. It was established in 1999 and takes place annually in late April or early May in Harare. The week-long Festival encompasses five principal disciplines which are theatre, music, dance, fine art and poetry.