LitFest Harare, the annual international literature festival, begins today with the opening night at the Theatre in the Park in Harare Gardens.
The official opening is open to the public and will feature performances from Zimbabwe Theatre Academy and JESA band.
LitFest Harare is in its fifth edition and this year, the theme is Visions Foretold.
The festival programme includes critical discussions, debates, conversations and performances from participants from countries including Ireland, Scotland, Nigeria, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Here is the full programme below:
Renowned writer and academic, Professor Etienne Van Heerden from the University of Cape Town, will give Key Note Address on the 29th of November in the afternoon at The Nexus at B2C Batanai Gardens.
The key note address is tilted, ‘Writing Memory: The Writer in Rapidly Changing Times.’ Professor Kizito Muchemwa from Great Zimbabwe University, a renowned writer/critic/academic, will respond to the address.
One of the major highlights of the performances is a Poetry Extravaganza titled, ‘Love Letters to Africa,’ which will feature international and local poets including, Numero Unoma (Nigeria), Afric McGlinchey (Ireland/Zimbabwe) Africa Ukoh (Nigeria), Philani Nyoni(Zimbabwe), Madzitatiguru (Zimbabwe), Batsirai Chigama (Zimbabwe), Momo Size (Zimbabwe) and Tawona Sithole (Zimbabwe/Scotland).
The participation of Numero Unoma is partly sponsored by RwandAir.
There will also be a Monologue Fiesta competition during the course of the festival, where actors present two minute monologues with the public in attendance voting for the top three winners.
Another interesting session will be the ‘Me and My Lyrics’ session which will feature artists including Alexio Kawara, Hope Masike and Enzo Ishall as they dialogue on their song lyrics.