HIFA 2014 day 1

writing, Zimbabwe

HIFA is a 6-day  festival of popular culture in Harare. The first floor gallery of Harare recommended I should come to see the festival and participate in the group exhibition: Harare No Limits!

Harare’s contemporary artists create their vision of the city and its people.

HIFA week

The festival was kicked off in the national gardens behind the National gallery on Tuesday night by an opening event with dance and music, followed up by drinks and finger-food at the ABC Bank director’s tent. But before the drinks were served, the elite guests and special stake holders were assured that their bank accounts would soon be accessible after a technical hitch. Yet rumour has it that selected managers have had access to large loans that they are failing to repay resulting in the freezing of all banks transactions. This is Africa.



The next morning I returned to the National Gallery to unofficially attend the panel discussion the ‘wind of change: the new interest in contemporary art’. The panel would discuss how the global art market would focus its attention on Africa the way it had zoomed in on Chinese art less than a decade ago.
However I was ushered into the wrong room, and participated in a new exciting discussion….