Masunda appointed Hifa board chairman

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FORMER Harare mayor Muchadeyi Masunda has been appointed board chairman of the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) ahead of the 15th edition of the festival that starts in April.

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Masunda takes over from Delta Beverages spokesperson George Mutendadzamera, who has relocated to neighbouring South Africa.

“We are delighted to be joined by former Mayor of Harare Muchadeyi Masunda as our new chairman at Hifa,” said Hifa director Maria Wilson at a Press conference in Harare yesterday.

This year’s edition of Hifa will run from April 29 to May 4 under the theme Switch-On.

“This year’s edition of Hifa will see the staging of more shows and arts promotion activities as a way of promoting local arts and culture in the country,” said Wilson.

“Hifa has been supporting individual shows and other festivals in Zimbabwe for many years, but will now increase the number of activities staged and supported to the greater benefit of audiences and industry players.”

In his acceptance speech, Masunda said: “I am delighted to be part of this festival. I had always had a passion and interest during my days as mayor where Maria used to come to my office for some discussions.

“As Hifa matures, we have to make sure it remains the best festival that supports local talent. More corporates must be seen coming on board to support the festival.”

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  1. Well well congradulations to the former Mayor and hope it will not be be a talk show as always Mr former Mayor. Listen and learn from what the deputy Minister said on the Sunday Mail article because most local artists are not a happy lot with HIFA. The idea of taking local artists as official greeters must come to an end, as much as you admired HIFA from your old days it is time for a mature HIFA to look at local artists and treat them seriously otherwise it will not work. Switch-On to the real thing and be realistic about the local artists and as for the Visual artists they have given up for they are treated as an after thought.

    • saka kwashaiwa vamwe vanhu here ndivo vanhu chete here muzimbabwe pliz vana vezimbabwe be serious. saka vamwe vasina mabasa vofa zvavoka idzo mbavha dzichingonzi ibvai apa muende apa.

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  3. I agree with you the former Mayor has failed us in so many ways, remember the cultural working team he spend the rest of his team talking about and until Dr Walter Mparutsa left us, until the book fair kicked Theatre in the Park away. Ndiye here munhu aiswa pachigaro yet he can not do anything that you can say apa Muchi agona.

    Well HIFA its your choice but its at the expense of the arts in this country am sorry but its my opinion

    • @ Nhari, I could not agree with you more. Masunda makes a great speech and is a great actor but is all form without substance. It is hardly surprising though, how HIFA always succeeds at hand picking the useless but non threatening Africans to be fronts for the benefit of the feeble minded. Interview any serious arts performers, arts administrators and arts intellectuals in Zimbabwe about HIFA and about Masunda, and 2 things will come up: a contempt for HIFA because of its disdain for local artists and a lack of respect for Masunda who promises the world while delivering absolutely nothing.

      On paper though, HIFA is loved by everyone, is for everyone, where black and white are treated the same and is our own version of a rainbow nation of sorts! In reality, HIFA reminds local performers and African audiences that one race is more equal than the other.

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