HIFA 2013 – final day

6 05 2013

It was back to the National Ballet’s  “When they are gone” show to get the photos I missed the first time around. In this type of photography it really helps to know the show and I’d made a mental note of the parts to be ready for – and it paid off!

Wild dog

Wild dog

Wild dogs in a pack

Wild dogs in a pack

Zebra and the rhino

Zebra and the rhino

Villagers

Villagers

Ostriches

Ostriches

Cosy!

Friends

Leopard and rhino

Leopard and rhino

Giraffes

Giraffes

Natalie Bradbury as an ostrich gets airborne (they are normally flightless!)

Natalie Bradbury as an ostrich gets airborne (they are normally flightless!)

Monkeying around - they had by far the most fun!

Monkeying around – they had by far the most fun!

Then it was off to the Arts and Crafts quarter to see what was on offer. Let it not be said that Zimbabweans are not creative – genuine tin hats, hats woven out of shopping bags that I last saw done as a child, bowls, beads, drums and much more. I asked a rastaman if he had some mbanje (marijuana) for me and much embarrassed he moved off. Well he was selling armbands embroidered with “the leaf”!

More stalls

The archway entrance to the Arts and Crafts quarter.

The archway entrance to the Arts and Crafts quarter.

drapes

Colourful drapes

More stalls

The rastaman’s stand.I took a photo of a hat, sent it to Sybille and she asked me to buy it. Technology works!

This basket work is from the Bulawayo area

This basket work is from the Bulawayo area

Genuine tin hats

Genuine tin hats

stall

Lee and his daughter Scarlett

Lee and his daughter Scarlett

family art

The whole family gets creative

Varnished paper beads

Varnished paper beads

Face painting was very popular

Face painting was very popular

A little girl at the sand drawing table.

A little girl at the sand drawing table.

On the way to pick up my computer I came across the actors from the Brazilian street theatre group. Very colourful indeed. Also a bit weird. One could have a secret whispered into your ear via a long thin trumpet and put your head into a stage mounted on someone’s head that had been fashioned from a box. Then it would all break up amid much “consternation” and re-establish somewhere else. Great!

Colour me

Brazilian street theatre - they claimed to come from Amazonia... I wonder.

Brazilian street theatre – they claimed to come from Amazonia… I wonder.

No denying they were colourful

No denying they were colourful

colour me red





HIFA 2013 – day 5

4 05 2013

A day of dance – mainly. The National Ballet put on When They Are Gone. Lots of colour and fun with a serious message highlighting the plight of the desperately endangered rhino. A great performance from and amateur dance group and completely choreographed in-house. Encore! (This show will run again at REPS soon – a chance to see it if you missed it at HIFA)

Dance Foundation Course put on their first show after only 9 months training! Seriously energetic, they seemed to revel in the dancing. The second half of the show was some aerial ballet on a rope by Belgian artistes les Cliquets

Last show of the day was Acoustic Night Allstars, a show by a group of local musicians supported by the German Embassy in Harare.





HIFA 2013 – day 4

3 05 2013




HIFA 2013 – day 3

3 05 2013

Day 3 of HIFA and three shows. One was not what I’d call a show but a talk by an American of his experiences coming to Zimbabwe for the first time as an adjudicator for the National Institute for Allied Arts. A very good talk but not a show and therefore no photos!





HIFA 2013 – day 2

1 05 2013




HIFA 2013 – day 1

30 04 2013

HIFA (Harare International Festival of the Arts) 2013 started today.  I had a relatively quiet day photographing 3 shows.