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Some Noteworthy Stuff to Catch at this Year’s #LitFestHarare

Some Noteworthy Stuff to Catch at this Year's #LitFestHarare
The Zimbabwean international celebration of all things literature and critical thought kicks off this week

Despite the downturn of everything Zimbabwe right now, Lit Fest Harare is looking pretty damn good! Even their look and feel has taken on a new form, ditching the old school and clasping some much-appreciated funk-appeal because let’s face it our reading culture NEEDS it.

The theme this year is Nature & Words, only one world and as has been customary for five years; the fest will sprout around Harare’s creative spaces. Theatre in the Park by night B2C, First Floor Gallery and Prince Edward School by day. The programme is a mash-up of academia, Mental Health and green-consciousness conversations.

Here are our favourite picks from what looks like an interesting Lit Fest Harare 2019.

Official Opening featuring Dereck Mpofu & Mono Mukundu| Wed 27 Nov /// 2000hrs – Theatre in the Park

Not only does Dereck Mpofu prefer to be referred to as Mr Green Ambassador Sir. He literally is a Green Activist with remarkable live vocal capabilities. Flanked by the legendary Producer and Artist Mono Mukundu, it’s hard to believe this opening night has a Pay what you want cover charge. Should make a good start to the theme of the festival.

How Oliver Mtukudzi’s Music AddressesNature & Environmental Issues  | Thurs 28 Nov \\\ 1215hrs – The Nexus B2C

How did the late Oliver Mtukudzi turn taboo Social Commentary issues into soluble entertainment?

Mental Health Matters & the Creatives | Thurs 28 Nov \\\ 1500hrs – The Nexus B2C

Need we say more?

Keynote Address by Ignatius Mabasa | Thurs 28 Nov \\\ 1600hrs – The Nexus B2C

Who better to delve into matters of Traditional oral History and Literature in the 21st Century than Zimbabwean chiShona linguist and storyteller; Ignatius Mabasa?

Writer’s MasterClass with Nkateko Masinga | Sat 30 Nov \\\ 1000hrs – Theatre in the Park

Nkateko Masinga is not only a South African Writer and a Poet. She’s also a TEDx Speaker, World Economic Forum Global Shaper and 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow.
Now write that!

Literary Quiz | 30 Nov \\\ 1730 hrs – Theatre in the Park

Literature buffs can put their money where their mouth is in a test of pure bran. Who will emerge as Harare’s Literature Quiz Champion?

You can check out the Full LITFEST 2019 Programme here.

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