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
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.”