LitFest Harare, the International Literature Festival, continued its outreach programmes last week with trips to Masvingo and Bulawayo. This followed the launch of the outreach programmes when Litfest held workshops and poetry slams in the two cities in December.
The activities are part of the outreach initiatives in partnership with the United States Embassy Public Affairs Section (USPAS) and the University of Glasgow.
The team travelled to Masvingo and hosted a poetry workshop for young, upcoming poets at Charles Austin Theatre. The workshop covered topics ranging from writing, publishing, marketing and professional poetry. This was as part of its programme with University of Glasgow aiming to empower young leaders with skills in arts and sustainable career development.
A poetry slam event was also held at Charles Austin in partnership with USPAS. The crowd in attendance was treated to a carnival of spoken word by a ine-up featuring upcoming local poets with guest poets Chirikure Chirikure, Shoes Lambada and Nameless Radio Station (NRS).
Here is the Masvingo slam in pictures:
The team then headed to Bulawayo where a poetry slam was held at the American Corner on Saturday the 9th of February . The event featured guest poets Afropoetiq Mind, PAN, Tinashe Tafirenyika, Mgcini and Chirikure Chirikure, with host Tswarelo Mothobe.
The slam was well attended and the poets did not disappoint with entertaining and enthralling performances.
Here are some pictures from the Bulawayo event:
LitFest Harare is hosted annually in Harare, with the 5th edition held in the last week of November 2018. It has launched the outreach programmes as a way to expand its impact to other towns and cities. Festival Director, Chirikure Chirikure, spoke of how the outreach programmes are a key aspect of festival activities going forward.
“We have always had the ambitions, as a festival, to increase our footprint and connect with artists in other cities to share knowledge and empower each other. One of our key objectives is to contribute to a viable arts sector and these programmes are definitely a step in the right direction. We thank our partners in these outreach initiatives, USPAS and the University of Glasgow, for their support in making them a reality, and look forward to the growth of such impact-driven partnerships.”