THE just-ended 5th edition of the Protest Arts International Festival (Paif) hosted by Savanna Trust, ended on a high note through a brilliant programme.
The programme balanced poetry, theatre, trainings, comedy, dance and live music performances from various nationals.
This year’s edition was hosted at NicozDiamond Theatre, Harare, running under the theme Breaking Chains, a stance against Gender based violence.
While the Friday programme kicked off slightly late, the audience was captivated by the poetry slam that was eventually won by Vokal the Poet with Madzitateguru coming second. The poetry slam was characterised by some witty and satirical performances that ravaged through the several different ills in society.
As shows unveiled with short breaks the audience had the opportunity to enjoy the view of the City from the venue, something that would have been easily complimented by a cash bar which was not present on site leaving the revellers in a worrying ordeal of going into the city to buy beverages and other supplies.
Theatre was the biggest highlight on Friday, in the five acts that were scheduled on the night Juju Soccer Play, Grey Man Experiment (a collaboration of Zimbabwe and South Africa), She Cold (South African play), dance theatre set Zii by Zvishamiso.
As if that was not enough for the night, talented Zimbabwean beat boxer, Pro Beats came in with his unique talent surprising the audience as he performed every song he was dared to do by the audience.
Saturday saw the repeat of She Cold, an interesting story that was delivered by a group of college students.
Psycoses (Mozambican Play) that failed to be shown on the opening day also thrilled the audience with captivating recitals.
Jasen Mphepo redefined comedy with his one man play, A Thousand Miles that got revellers laughing throughout his set as he zoned from various characters in his one man play.
Diana Samkange and Jean Masters had the honour of nailing the last nail to the coffin shutting down the festival with well-choreographed and energetic sets that gave the audience a night to remember and look forward to the next edition of the festival next year.