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

Fri 26, 6-7.30pm, Main Stage: INVISION presents “IN SHORT: SEASON 9″ – the FINAL edition of short films from the collaborative project by young Zimbabwean filmmakers, featuring the best films from previous seasons and 3 NEW films. Look out for ‘RITUAL’ by Simbarashe Mashambanaka, starring hip-hop artist DIZZY DON. Plus performances from special guest musician LINCOLN MANDENGU – Free, all welcome.

Fri 26, 8pm, Main stage: MBIRA FRIDAY with exciting traditional groups MAWUNGIRA eNHARIRA and MADENDERA ekuMABVAZUVA, winners of the Tuesday ‘Mbira Clash’ – Celebrating ’Mbira Month’ – cc$5

Sat 27, 3pm-5.30pm, NGOMA NGAIRIRE – ZIMBABWE MUSIC PRODUCERS’ INDABA – discussion on the role of a producer in the music industry PLUS an exchange of skills and producing techniques., hosted by Star FM’s Richard Kohola. FREE, all welcome.

Sat 27, 8pm, ‘REGGAE PARTY’ with MIC INITY& HOUSE OF STONE – a great reggae Saturday with some of Zimbabwe’s favourite reggae artists – cc$5

Mon 29, 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 30, 5.30pm, CD Launch: ‘THE RISE OF THE ROZVI PRINCE’ by Leo Chinyere – Leo launches his debut album which features Norman Masamba and Point Blank,Clive Mono Mukundu and Sulumani Chimbetu, who also featured on one of Leo Chinyere’s tracks “Zee Msoro”.

Tue 30, 7pm, PAH CHIHERA & VIRIMAI ++Plus plus TUESDAY BEER SPECIAL: draught beer for $1 and ‘2for$3′ on all local beers.

Wed 01 OCT, 6pm, Garden stage: ‘IIFF in the Club’ presents “NINAH’S DOWRY” – Ninah is a runaway wife whose husband finds out she is pregnant and he comes to recover the dowry he paid or take home the woman he owns by any means necessary. Director: Victor Viyuoh (Nigeria, 2012). FREE, All welcome! Courtesy of WFOZ.

Wed 01 OCT, 8pm, MACY & THE RED – ‘One Planet, One Vibe, One Love’ – featuring DADZA D – cc$5

Thu 02, 5.30pm Book Cafe’s first eBook Launch – ’40 DAYS THAT CHANGED ME’ by Carl Joshua Ncube: How to carry on when it seems the world is telling you to stop. Official launch + Q&A with the author – FREE

Thu 02, 8pm, WILLIS WATAFFI: 5 TRIBES OF AFRICA – A journey told through the personal life experiences of Willis Wataffi incorporating story telling, traditional ceremonies and dances from the Tonga, Xhosa, Ndebele, Korekore & Kalanga people of Southern Africa – cc$5

Fri 03, 7pm, Garden Stage: Friday city BIRA with MAWUNGIRA ENHARIRA featuring Nyamasvisva – mystical mbira tradition from – cc$5. (ENTRY at 6th St gate)

Fri 03, 8pm, Main Stage: VICTOR KUNONGA & PEACE + SYLENT NQO – One of Zimbabwe’s favourites, the inimitable singer/songwriter Victor Kunonga is back, opening this Friday with the gifted young guitarist Sylent Nqo – cc $10 (Table reservations 0772 484 634)

Sat 04, 2pm, Main Stage: HOUSE OF HUNGER POETRY SLAM – a great summer gathering of poets practicing freedom of expression with some of the hottest rhymes in town – come feel the energy!, (Poets to register with MC before 2pm). FREE, All welcome!

Sat 04, 8pm, Main Stage: TRANSIT CREW – Reggae veterans of 30 years – still roots reggae rockin’ at Book Café, for the delight of reggae-lovers – 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