Litfest Harare is one remaining literary Book, Writers and Poetry Festival in Zimbabwe. It is a festival of international acclaim that has since attracted Poets , Writers ,Literary Critics and the Academia from around the globe United States of America , Ireland , United Kingdom , France and Africa for the past four years. This year Poets from around Africa and from other continents are gracing the international writers fete . Nigeria, Uganda, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe are going to set the Festival alight with some literary flames and Poetic lightening. I participated in the 2016LitFest where I shared a Literary Discussion Forum with Creative Writing Rabbi and Poetry Luminary Memory Chirere.
This year 2018, the Epicenter of the festival will be the cultural arts and Theatre haven , Theatre in the Park owned by the Arterial Network Executive Chairperson Daves Guzha. The Festival is founded by Chirikure Chirikure a UNESCO recognized Poet supported by a sterling team of poets and organizers including Zaza Muchemwa (Theatre Arts Director), Rudo Chakanyuka(Creative Arts Consultant, Film Director), Robert Mutsindiri( Marketing Expert) and Robson Shoes Lambada( Human Rights Advocate and Poet).
Zimbabwe requires such creative and literary initiatives for continuity, cultural exchange and literary knowledge skills development. This is a good initiative that carries a lot respect in Zimbabwe and abroad in the same wavelength with Bulawayo Arts Festival , Intwasa Arts Festival , International Protest Arts Festival in Zimbabwe , the Harare international festival of Arts, the Ake and Book Festival in Nigeria , the Marula Festival in Botswana, Blantyre Arts Festival in Malawi , Word Festival in Ghana , the Poetry AFRICA in South Africa , Abantu Book Festival in Soweto South Africa.
The Litfest Harare cultivates new voices in poetry, literature and creative writing. It creates good space for international literary interactions, cultural cooperation and global arts exposure. It brings a diversity of creative knowledge and a mix of cultural backgrounds, inspirations and development.
Cultural funders, Cooperate organizations and the government of Zimbabwe must bankroll this great intiative.LitFest is a platform of creative thinkers, freedom of expression, literary arts expose and cultural integration.
Theatre in the Park remains a nerve center for festivals, arts interventions and creative interactions. Chirikure and Litfest Team remained resilient even under serious economic and political tensions in the country. Zimbabwe remains a Literary arts and Poetry republic.
The festival has enjoyed names like Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Barbara MHANGAMI, Irene Staunton, Philani Amadeus Nyoni, Memory Chirere, David Mungoshi, Virginia Phiri and many big and other rising names. The Festival will be held from the 28th of November 2018 to the 1st of December 2018 .It is a 4 day word culture and literary arts affair.
MBIZO CHIRASHA Recipient of PEN Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant (2017) Literary Arts Projects Curator, Writer in Residence, Blogs Publisher, Arts for Human Rights/Peace Activism Catalyst, Social Media Publicist and Internationally Anthologized Writer, 2017 African Partner of the International Human Rights Arts Festival Exiled in Africa Program in New York.2017 Grantee of the EU- Horn of Africa Defend Human Rights Defenders Protection Fund. Resident Curator of 100 Thousand Poets for Peace-Zimbabwe, Originator of Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Movement. African Contributor to the Table of Words Demer Press International Poetry anthology edited by Hannie Rouweler in Netherlands. Solidarity Member of Global Alliance for Politics and Arts. African Participant to the 2014-2020 World Poetry Almanac Anthologies series in Mongolia edited by Hadaa Sendoo. Co-Editor of German Africa Bilingual Collection with German International Translator Andreas Weiland in 2016 (http://www.street-voice.de/SV7/SVissue7.html).