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Pictures: Hifa comes to an end

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THE opening night of the 15th edition of Zimbabwe’s premier arts event, the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) marked the beginning of the extravaganza with a full house at the Telecel Main Stage on the night of April 29.

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Directed by multiple American award winner Brooke Ciardelli, the opening set featured South African legendary music icon Steve Dyer, accomplished pianist Kyle Shepherd, and local artistes like superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, Kirby Chipembere, Ammara Brown, Cynthia Mare and Adiona Maboreke, among others.

The week followed performances from South African musician Toya Delazy, Dobet Gnahoré from Ivory Coast, Jamaram, Netsayi and the Black Pressure, Cape Verdean singer Tcheka and DRC’s Black Bazar.

Hifa has grown to be one of the most vibrant festivals on the continent showcasing works in theatre, music, dance, fine art, and poetry. This year the festival ran under the theme ‘Switch On’.

Here are some pictures from the festival!

A view of the HIFA main entrance at Harare Gardens.
A view of the HIFA main entrance at Harare Gardens.

Musicians Oliver Mtukudzi  and Cynthia Mare perform at the opening night of HIFA 2014 in the Harare Gardens at the Telecel Main Stage on April 29.
Musicians Oliver Mtukudzi and Cynthia Mare perform at the opening night of HIFA 2014 in the Harare Gardens at the Telecel Main Stage on April 29.

Fireworks lit up the sky to mark the official opening of this year's edition of HIFA.
Fireworks lit up the sky to mark the official opening of this year’s edition of HIFA.

Revellers have a good time.
Revellers have a good time.

Models pose with costumes made out of recycled material at the Trash Queen Fashion Show during HIFA.
Models pose with costumes made out of recycled material at the Trash Queen Fashion Show during HIFA.

A member of the Black Bazar from DRC dances on the Telecel Stage during HIFA.
A member of the Black Bazar from DRC dances on the Telecel Stage during HIFA.

South African singer, pianist and dancer Toya Delazy performs at HIFA.
South African singer, pianist and dancer Toya Delazy performs at HIFA.

A models shows off accessories designed by Takudzwa Chitsike in a line named Dee-Kaw-Zee at the Fashion Accessories Show during HIFA. Her jewellery showed her unique talent as the models looked stunning in her accessories mainly made of bones, fabrics, metal earrings, necklaces, bracelets.
A models shows off accessories designed by Takudzwa Chitsike in a line named Dee-Kaw-Zee at the Fashion Accessories Show during HIFA. Her jewellery showed her unique talent as the models looked stunning in her accessories mainly made of bones, fabrics, metal earrings, necklaces, bracelets.

Comedian Carl Joshua Ncube performing on the Golden Pilsener Day during HIFA.
Comedian Carl Joshua Ncube performing on the Golden Pilsener Day during HIFA.

Jah Prayzah performs at the Telecel Stage during HIFA.
Jah Prayzah performs at the Telecel Stage during HIFA.

A mother and her son look at some of the art works that were on display at HIFA.
A mother and her son look at some of the art works that were on display at HIFA.

Potrait artist Farai Chirumiko shows some of his works during HIFA in the Harare Gardens.
Potrait artist Farai Chirumiko shows some of his works during HIFA in the Harare Gardens.

A man carries a handbag crafted using Zimbabwe Bearers cheques during HIFA.
A man carries a handbag crafted using Zimbabwe Bearers cheques during HIFA.

The Big Game perfoms at the Standard Theatre during HIFA.
Dancers perform a piece entitled ‘The Big Game’ at the Standard Theatre during HIFA.

A toddler plays with a wire tanker during HIFA.
A toddler plays with a wire tanker during HIFA.

Lead singer Netsayi of Netsayi and the Black Pressure dances during their performance at HIFA.
Lead singer Netsayi of Netsayi and the Black Pressure dances during their performance at HIFA.

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