Thu 18, 5.30-7pm, Artists’ discussion: “THE ROLE OF ART/ARTISTS IN HIV/AIDS AWARENESS” part of a HIV prevention research project being conducted in Zimbabwe, SADC and the world. Presented by Southern Africa Aids Trust (SAT). Free, All artists invited.

Thu 18, 8pm, This month SIMUKA COMEDY bring two legends of Comedy to the stage: MICHAEL K and EDGAR LANGEVELDT supported by Zim’s popular comedians, SIMBA THE COMIC KING, LONG JOHN and SEB DIESEL – They promise that, unlike the John Legend concert, it will be a legendary show! cc$5

Fri 19, 7pm, Garden Stage: Mbira month special: MAWUNGIRA ENHARIRA featuring the enigmatic gwenyambira NYAMASVISVA! cc$5. ENTRY at 6th St gate.

Fri 19, 8pm, Main Stage: MACY & THE RED, opening with THE SHUZ! – A night of Soul, Funk & R’n’B – cc $5. PLUS: Special set menu $15 for 3 course candlelit dinner. Table reservations 0772 484 634.

Sat 20, 2pm, Main Stage: PAH CHIHERA’s ‘Welcome Back Party’ featuring PRINCE MUSARURWA cc$1

Sat 20, 1-5pm, Garden Stage: JIBILIKA “Step Up 2 HIV Cypher” Hip Hop, ZimDancehall Music and Dance – open to all urban, dance and beatbox artists: Bring it On! Register now on 0773 591 356 – Free, all welcome!

Sat 20, 5.30pm, Garden Stage: MEYNIAK CD launch show – cc$3

Sat 20, 8pm, Main Stage: DADZA D & HOTTA FIRE feat KINNAH – Two of the hottest reggae vocalists setting things ablaze both on radio and with their spectacular live performances come together for this Saturday night reggae party at Book Café. cc$5

Sat 20, Garden Stage, 9pm – THE SECRET GARDEN PARTY! It’s a new monthly party starting up at Book Café. This month featuring the band ‘WERE': ‘Zimbabwe’s greatest undiscovered gem’ and a special one-off DJ set from ‘The Beat Viking’ (Norway/Binga) *plus other secret appearances and performances and stuff we can’t tell you about yet… you’ll just have to find out for yourselves! $5 advance tickets $10 at the gate (Entry on 6th Street). ADVANCE TICKETS FROM BOOK CAFÉ BOOKSHOP

Mon 22, BOOK CAFÉ OPEN MIC So You Think You Got Talent? Bring it on! The hottest jam party in town: poets, comedians, singers, dancers, musicians, bands come register with the MC before 6pm FREE, All welcome! ++ Plus plus MONDAY BEER SPECIAL: draught beer for $1 and ‘2for$3′ on all local beers!

Tue 23, 7pm, MBIRA MONTH MBIRA CLASH a ‘battle’ of mbira bands to celebrate ‘Mbira Month’ and some of Zimbabwe’s vivid cultural heritage, and to give young mbira artists a space to showcase their art and a chance to stand tall and proud! Presented by Pamberi Trust in conjunction with The Mbira Centre and Mbiravolution – FREE, ALL WELCOME!! ++Plus plus TUESDAY BEER SPECIAL: draught beer for $1 and ‘2for$3′ on all local beers.

Wed 24, 6pm, Wednesday Film Club: ‘THE TWIN POETS: WHY I WRITE’ – A universal story of devotion to art and community the powerful tale of the life and death struggle of helping children grow up in the face of poverty and violence, seen as it happens in the tough Riverside neighborhood of Wilmington, Delaware, USA. Free, all welcome

Wed 24, 8pm, REGGAE SOLIDARITY GIG – TRANSIT CREW hosts a follow-up solidarity concert in support of Book Café founder Paul Brickhill who was diagnosed with cancer in July. Featuring a star line-up of Zimbabwe’s best reggae artists – cc$5

Thu 25, 8pm, Double Bill: SOWE & BATANAI MARIMBA + Pan African menu specials! – cc$5

Fri 26, 6-7.30pm, INVISION presents “IN SHORT: SEASON 9″  The latest edition in a series of short films by young Zimbabwean filmmakers, with special guest musician LINCOLN MANDENGU Free, all welcome.

Fri 26, 8pm, Main stage: MBIRA FRIDAY with exciting traditional groups MAWUNGIRA eNHARIRA and winners of the ‘Mbira Clash’ on Tues 23 celebrating ’Mbira Month’ – cc$5

Sat 27, 3pm-5.30pm, MUSIC PRODUCERS INDABA – hosted by Star FM’s Richard Kohola. FREE, ALL WELCOME.

Sat 27, 8pm, ‘REGGAE PARTY’ with MIC INITY & RED RADICALS supported by Apie Tee & Ras Ighkael IGH – cc$5



Activity Report Feedback from ZESN Public Meeting:    An analysis of the Electoral Amendment Bill on   10th of April 2014

See the link for a report on the meeting ZESN Activity Update 100414 – for news about the Creative Sector in Zimbabwe

NPAAC Newsletter November 2013

ZITA Newsletter October

Nhimbe Newsletter October

Nhimbe-NPAAC September Newsletter – news from the cultural scene back home

Masakhaneni Newsletter – Have a look at this very interesting newsletter which covers the pre-election 2013 and post-election period



1 July 2013: Harare News –

Community Newspaper and online website launched

New – Zimbabwe Theatre Association launches newsletter – click on link below

ZiTA%20Newsletter-LAUNCH%20EDITION – Positive outlook from outgoing Ambassador Charles Ray


 CARA and Econet have  installed ‘Life Size’ video conference equipment into a College of Health Science Lecture Hall on the University of Zimbabwe’s main campus.

 ‘Virtual Lectures’ will be streamed in  to support the College of Health Science and the Faculties of Science and Veterinary Science in  areas currently lacking teaching staff, or who could benefit from engagement with the diaspora and/or international partnerships.


Population Census in Zimbabwe 18-28 August – how many people are in Zimbabwe? For more info click on 2012 Zimbabwe Population Census

Dear Friends,
Some of you may be interested in this new blog, which discusses some
current issues in Zimbabwe, based on my recent experiences as Director
at Hlekweni. I’d especially appreciate comments from Zimbabweans, at:

With thanks and in Friendship,
Craig Barnett