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



The Maids Press Release - If you are going to HIFA this year don’t miss this fascinating new take on a classic play - for news about the Creative Sector in Zimbabwe


Thu 17, 7-9pm, Garden Stage: BOOK CAFÉ ‘SOLO’  -  The launch of a new monthly event featuring some of your favourite artists, up close & solo: Victor Kunonga, Alexio Kawara, Cynthia Mare, Nyamasvisva, Sylent and Mangoma, Tina Watyoka, Chirikure, Doc Vikela, Norman Masamba and more!  FREE, ALL WELCOME!


Thu 17, 8pm, VICTOR KUNONGA & PEACE with SoWe – a salute to Zimbabwe by one of it’s favourite artists – mbira-driven guitar by the masterful lyricist and social commentator, Victor Kunonga. Opening with the emerging young group SoWe (South West) – cc$10




Fri 18, 7pm, Main Stage: BOOK CAFÉ BIRA reRUSUNUNGUKO with Nyamasvisva neMAWUNGIRA eNHARIRA, VIBE CULTURE, JAMES MUJURU, NZOMBE HURU – A traditional mbira feast to mark Zimbabwe’s Independence Day – cc$5


Easter Sat 19, 5.30-7pm, Main Stage – REGGAE SUNDOWNER – featuring LADY THANDA, POTATO & YAGGA  cc$3


Easter Sat 19, 8pm, TRANSIT CREW – Zimbabwe’s longest running reggae band continue to delight reggae-lovers with a roots rock reggae selection of classic reggae tunes and originals – cc$5




Tue 22, 5.30-7pm, CD Launch “ECHO OF A CHILD’S ANTHEM“ – by Peter Muparutsa & The Runn Family – Free, All Welcome


Tue 22, 7pm, ‘SISTER FLAME’ UNPLUGGED – An acoustic set featuring Sister Flame with VIBE CULTURE, cc$3


Wed 23, 6pm, Functions Room: Wednesday Film Club “CHILL & CHAT” DISCUSSION with Knocks Chatiza (Chairman of the Filmmakers Guild of Zimbabwe); the importance of a guild or film organisation in the industry; addressing issues, concerns and enquiries.  Moderator: Munya Chidzonga.  Free, All  welcome.


Wed 23, 8pm, Main Stage: WEDDY WEDNESDAY! Featuring MIC INITY & RED RADICALS, OPENING 7PM in the garden with Irie Lion Sound System DJ Party (cc$3 before 9pm, $5 after)


Thu 24, 8pm, ZIM DRUM FIESTA #2 – Celebrating great Zimbabwean drummers, all on one stage – Carlton Muparutsa, Ngonie, Denis Mushaishi, Simba Dembedza – with guest artists, their bandleaders, Sulu Chimbetu, Victor Kunonga, Jay Prayza, Shinsoman, Franco Slomo and Pah Chihera – cc$10

Fri 25, 6pm, – Invision Studios presents “IN SHORT 3”: A selection of short films produced by young Zimbabwean filmmakers, exchanging ideas and skills in what they call an ‘intriguing experience’. Free, All welcome!

Fri 25, 7.30-10pm, Garden stage: MBIRA FRIDAY with MAWUNGIRA ENHARIRA – one of Harare’s top mbira ensembles, led by gwenyambira NYAMASVISVA  (Entry 6th St gate) – cc$5


Fri 25, 8pm, Main Stage: Another great Friday with ROKI, CINDY & LEONARD MAPFUMO & more! – A Zim urban experience! – cc$5


Sat 26, 11am-6pm – BOOK CAFÉ CRAFT FAIR – “Re-linking Communities  Through Craft – BEST OF HARARE & BULAWAYO” high-quality Zimbabwean ART & CRAFT, BOOKS by African writers, latest Zimbabwean MUSIC CDs, spectacular TRADITIONAL FOOD SPREAD ‘Taste buds of Zimbabwe’ fabulous nyimo bean dip served with fresh focaccia, winter warmer mabonzo, pepper fish, rukwza, sadza and much more; full BAR, and a live performance of BLAQBERRY MUZIQ and THE BOOK CAFE AFRO BLUES BAND Gochi-Gochi GARDEN! – FREE, all welcome

Sat 26, 6pm, THE COOL CROONERS – The grandfathers of township jazz who have proved their mettle both at home and on the regional and international stage, visiting the capital from Bulawayo with a rare performance, not to be missed!  – cc$5

Sat 26, 8pm, ALEXIO KAWARA one of Zimbabwe’s favourite afrosoul artists backed by SHADES OF BLACK,  opening with emerging young singer-songwriter TINA WATYOKA  and tunes from her latest CD ‘Ndoita Sei?’ – cc$10





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