THE Harare International Carnival kicked off to a false start on Tuesday with the organisers failing to bring in the highly touted international artists.
Report by Silence Charumbira
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has, for the past few months, been talking of various names like Jamaicans Luciano and Tarrus Riley and the glamorous Brazilian Samba Dancers for the carnival.
But it appears it is the local artists who will come to the rescue and mop up the mess that ZTA finds itself in after setting the bar too high.
Apart from the unfriendly weather that was characterised by rains and biting colds, the ZTA who are the organisers of the carnival, got a rude awakening and must realise that events management is far from a stroll in the park.
Tomorrow, like a typical home grown fete, the carnival will be about Zimbabwean jazz artists that include Chiwoniso Maraire, Jabavu drive, Claire Nyakujara, Jean Masters and David Hondoyedzomba performing at Jazz 105.
Supported by Delta Beverages’ Bohlingers brand, the night is expected to be one of the musical highlights of the carnival as there will be an array of giveaways for revellers.
All hope seems not to be lost, but this appears to be one of the instances that Zimbabweans have to realise the value of planning.
Whatever the problems that ZTA experienced resulting in their failure to fulfil their promises, this can only be the best learning experience.
Saturday is expected to be the most fun-filled day of the festival that will see the bulk of local artists that include dancers and theatre actors matching from the Africa Unity Square in a procession through the central business district past Town House to the Glamis Arena where they will take turns to entertain revellers.
Exhibitions, shopping and tours will be done on Sunday and Monday which will see the closing of the carnival.