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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Events in Harare

Due to technical problems I am unable to update the yoafrica events list so I am republishing the arts events list here
Arts Events List (Zimbabwe)
AEL as @ 16 February 2014
Edited from e-mails received by Twin Arts, Zimbabwe. This compilation © Twin Arts Trust.
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Events on now, or starting on or before 2 March 2014

Events are in Harare unless stated otherwise.


  • Gwenga presents Black Fusions @ Alliance Française (21 February)
  • Book Café (17–22 February)
  • Chamber Music Concert @ Harare International School (2 March)


Performing Arts Bulawayo [PAB] and the Academy [Bulawayo]

  • Thunderball (20 February)
  • Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini (21 February)
  • Oh! What a Lovely War (27 February)
  • Elgar: Enigma Variations / The Man behind the Mask (28 February)


  • Dramascapes @ First Floor Gallery Harare (to 25 March)
  • Artists in the Stream V @ Gallery Delta (to early March)
  • Multifaceted Arts Domain: Loving Zimbabwe @ Green Park (28 February)


  • Night and Day @ Reps (27 February – 15 March)
    • Charity Gala (1 March)


  • Movies @ Ster-Kinekor (to 20 February)


  • Zimbabwe German Society (February)
  • Association of Complementary Health Practitioners (18 February)


  • thePoint @ Hellenic Academy (20–23 February)


Information for event organisers/advertisers

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Francophonie Week (10–22 March)
Each year, the Alliance Française and its partners join the world in celebrating Francophonie Week. This year it will be held in both Bulawayo and Harare. The event will run over two weeks from 10 to 22 March. Francophonie Week celebrates the French cultural life with a diverse number of activities associated with the French way of life. The Francophonie week will include :

  • Film Festival everyday at AF
  • Sing your way to Paris
  • Quiz and dictation
  • Hope Masike special Francophonie concert

Sing your way to Paris Competition (Registration deadline 28 February)
This competition is open to anyone between the age of 14 and 26. The Winner gets an amazing prize of two weeks in Paris sponsored by Bon Marché, all expenses paid. The competition aims at encouraging a wide participation among the Zimbabwean students community so as to select the best amateur singer in French of the year on the occasion of the Francophonie celebration week. Competitors must select an original French song from the repertoire provided. Registration is free of charge at Alliance Française.
Contact Sharon on 04-704 795 or 04-704 801 for more information. Deadline for registration is 28 February.



Gwenga presents Black Fusions @ Alliance Française (21 February)
Gwenga presents the show Black Fusions, which is a vibrant show full of ambient vocals, new age, fusions, instrumental and chilli selections all blended together seamlessly. The show is a beautiful woven tapestry made of fusions between numerous genres with our own ethnic sound. The music takes everyone on a trip around the world with blends of our own ethnic Zimbabwean feel and other genres. Gwenga explores what comes naturally, i.e. from the big voice that the band front man has to the vibrant percussion/instrumentation and dances that are fused to become an amazing musical performance.
Old Mutual Theatre, Alliance Francaise,  328 Herbert Chitepo Ave, 7:30pm, $5
For more information, tel. 704795, 704801 or 0732122399 or e-mail <>

Book Café (17–22 February)
Mon 17, 6pm - BOOK CAFE OPEN MIC – the hottest jam party in town!  Poets, comedians, singers, dancers, musicians, bands – come register with the MC before 6pm – FREE, All welcome!

Tue 18, 8pm, TENDAI MANATSA & JAM SIGNAL – The gifted guitarist Tendai Manatsa in an exciting double-bill with the emerging afro-fusion group, Jam Signal who impressed at the October World Music Festival. cc $3

Wed 19, 6pm, FILM LAUNCH:  “The Rise & Rise of Dancehall in Zimbabwe”

Wed 19, from 7pm, The All new MIC INITY REGGAE SHOW bringing you the very best of Zimbabwean Reggae. This week’s guest band is MACY & THE RED feat JNR BANTAN, garden DJ set from DJ Shane.  cc$3 before 9pm, $5 after.

Thu 20, 8pm, SIMUKA COMEDY presents “Will You Be My Punchline?” – dedicated to all the broke brothers of the world – featuring some of Zim’s most popular comedians, Comrade Fatso, Simba The Comic King and the headliner – ‘Q The Boss’.  LMAO!!  cc$5

Fri 21, 7pm, Garden Stage, BA SHUPI – Closer to Rome – Pump up the weekend with the livewire and join the online campaign to vote Ba Shupi to the Global Battle of the Bands, in Rome. cc$5 (6th Street Gate)

Fri 21 Feb - 8pm Main Stage, MAWUNGIRA ENHARIRA & JAMES MUJURU - a mega Friday night BIRA with Harare's favourite mbira ensemble Mawungira enHarira feat. Nyamasvisva, supported by rising mbira star James Mujuru and his band. James is following in the footsteps of his late father, the legendary Ephat Mujuru. cc $5 before 10pm/$10 after.

Sat 22, 5.30pm, VERA CHISVO – young urban soul for you - a fresh young singer-songwriter emerging onto the Book Café stage after participating in several open mics and sharing the stage with Prayer Soul earlier this month.  Cc$3

Sat 22, 8pm, Main Stage, MOKOOMBA (Zimbabwe) & SOWE (Burkina Faso) – The multi-award-winning group Mokoomba from the valleys of the Zambezi welcome visitors from the plateaus of Ouagadougou ‘Sowe’ – another un-missable performance, before Mokoomba start heading for their next European trip!  Cc$10

The New Book Café: 139 Samora Machel Ave, cnr. 6th Street, Harare. Tel. 086 440 66015 <>
For bookings – venue hire, music, catering – contact Daniel 0772 484 634.
Enquiries to <>

Chamber Music Concert @ Harare International School (2 March)
Chamber Music Concert to introduce Abigail and Amy Macy (violin and cello) with Catherine Stirling (violin) and Jeanette Micklem (piano ) on Sunday, 2 March at 4.00 p.m. at the Harare International School Performing Arts Centre (Auditorium). Tickets by donation at the door.
Beethoven:  Sonata No 5 for Violin and Piano (The Spring)
Prokofiev:  Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major (Opus 119)
Mendelssohn:  Piano Trio No 1 in D minor

Abigail Macy began studying the violin in 2004 at the age of four as a Suzuki student. She is Concertmistress of the Harare International School Orchestra where she is a student. She also performs with the Sixteen Strings Quartet. Since moving to Zimbabwe in 2012 she has performed as soloist with the National Musicamp Orchestra and with the Harare Chamber Orchestra.

Amy Macy, having performed cello for twenty years with the West Virginia Symphony, returns to her first love – chamber music – which she performed as a student and young professional with the Sapphire String Quartet and the Wind Piano Trio in America. She is an accomplished music teacher and has developed many student programmes. She has been her daughter Abigail’s main teacher.

Violinist Catherine Stirling and pianist Jeanette Micklem need no introduction to Harare audiences, having performed frequently in recitals, chamber music and orchestral concerts over many years.

Barnyard Theatre: Strictly No. 1s @ Twin Rivers School (15 March)
Barnyard Theatre returns to Harare from Tuesday, 11 until Saturday, 15 March @ Twin Rivers School.
The show, Strictly No. 1s, celebrates 60 years of Billboard 100 No. 1s. The show has a ten-strong cast and features Harare’s own talent Josh Ansley on vocals. Tickets from $20 – $30.
The Box office will open on16 February at PaSangano Building reception (MultiChoice/DStv offices). For more info, tel: 0772-238715, or e-mail <>

Performing Arts Bulawayo [PAB] and the Academy [Bulawayo]

Thunderball (20 February)
Thursday 20 February in the Robert Sibson Hall at 7.00 p.m.
'Thunderball' is the fourth in the James Bond series starring Sean Connery.
Bond's mission is to find two NATO atomic bombs stolen by SPECTRE, which holds the world to ransom for £100 million in diamonds in exchange for not destroying a major city in either England or the United States. The search leads Bond to the Bahamas, where he encounters Emilio Largo, the SPECTRE Number Two, not to mention his beautiful mistress, Domino...
'Certainly among the top five of all Bonds, and still socko.' [, 25 May 2006]
'Formulaic it may be, but this is still classic 007 action, featuring great underwater sequences and a wicked femme fatale.'  [Film 4, 6 May 2008]
Admission: $3.00 [free to  film members]

Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini (21 February)
Friday 21 February in the Robert Sibson Hall at 6.30 p.m.
Francesca da Rimini was first performed exactly a hundred years ago on 19 February, 1914. Once regarded as the heir to Puccini, Zandonai never achieved another major success after this opera described in the New Grove as "one of the most original and polished Italian melodramas of the 20th century. It combines a powerful gift for Italian melody ... with an exceptional command of orchestration."
Francesca da Rimini was a historical figure forced into a political marriage with a brutal, crippled and much older man who fell madly in love with his younger brother.  Eventually her husband caught the two in Francesca's bedroom and murdered them both. The story was immortalised by Dante who encounters Francesca and her lover in the second circle of hell and has been depicted in music by other composers, most notably Tchaikovsky in his symphonic poem.
Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo and Cornell McNeil star in an opulent Metropolitan Opera  production that won wide acclaim: 'Scotto has found her ideal role.a great performance. Domingo sang glamorously. The sets serve the work exquisitely with Piero Faggioni's graceful direction.'  [New York Magazine]
Admission: $3.00  [free to Red Carpet members]   Dinner available during the interval ($10.00)

Oh! What a Lovely War (27 February)
Thursday 27 February in the Robert Sibson Hall at 7.00 p.m.
'Oh! What a Lovely War' is the 1969 film directed by Richard Attenborough, with a cast including among others Dirk Bogarde, Paul Daneman, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Jack Hawkins, Ian Holm, John Mills, Kenneth More, Nanette Newman, Laurence Olivier, Cecil Parker, Corin Redgrave, Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Maggie Smith and Susannah York!
Admission: $3.00 [free to  film members]

Elgar: Enigma Variations / The Man behind the Mask (28 February)
Friday 28 February in the Robert Sibson Hall at 6.30 p.m.
Two films to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Elgar's death on 23 February 1934. The first is a BBC documentary in which Sir Andrew Davis unravels the mystery of the famous musical puzzle contained in Elgar's work before conducting a complete performance in the cathedral in Elgar's home town of Worcester.
In the second film, John Bridcut explores the secret conflicts in Elgar's nature which produced some of Britain's greatest music. Although often regarded as the quintessential English gentleman, Elgar's image of hearty nobility was deliberately contrived. In reality, he was the son of a shopkeeper, who was awkward, nervous, self-pitying and often rude, while his marriage to his devoted wife Alice was complicated by romantic entanglements which fired his creative energy.
Admission: $3.00  [free to Red Carpet members]   Dinner available during the interval ($10.00)


Dramascapes @ First Floor Gallery Harare (to 25 March)
First Floor Gallery Harare is proud to open its 2014 exhibition programme with Dramascapes, a solo exhibition by Wycliffe Mundopa, a major new body of work, introducing some the artist's largest canvases to date as well as a new series of works on paper.
Opening: Thursday, 13 February at 5.30pm. All welcome! Exhibition runs till 25 March.
For additional information, see: <>
First Floor Gallery Harare, 2nd floor Mercury House, 24 George Silundika Avenue, Harare (btwn First Street and Sam Nujoma Street, opposite Wimpy)
Contact: Telephone: 04 251502    Email: <>

Artists in the Stream V @ Gallery Delta (to early March)
Artists in the Stream V: The Annual Young Artist's Exhibition
Paintings, Graphics, and Multi-Media Sculptures by 33 young, aspiring and maturing artists
Exhibition duration until early March.
Sponsored by the Embassy of Germany

Gallery Delta, 'Robert Paul's Old House', 110 Livingstone Avenue/Ninth Street, Greenwood Park, Harare
Telephone/Fax: 792135; <>; <>.

Multifaceted Arts Domain: Loving Zimbabwe @ Green Park (28 February)
MAD (Multifaceted Arts Domain) Creative Photography launch: 'Loving Zimbabwe', not to be missed!
Featuring Zimbabwe's top photographers: Alice Tavaya, Eric Gauss, Michelle Fortmann, Nicole Du Preez, Eugene Nyhati, Craig Van Zyl, Gregg Robinson, Tony Chuna and many more ...
Friday, 28 February:  6pm sharp.
Venue: Green Park, Enterprise Road, Glen Lorne


Night and Day @ Reps (27 February – 15 March)
A wonderful musical revue for the whole family! Book early.
Preview night Thurs 27 Feb (7pm) – pensioners free
Opening night Fri 28 Feb (7pm)
Tues 4 Mar and Tues 11 Mar – family nights, with all tickets $10
Matinees Sat 1 Mar, Sat 8 Mar and Sat 15 Mar at 2.30pm. Book at the Spotlight

Charity Gala (1 March)
Vabatsiri Soroptimists are hosting a charity gala evening for Cole Porter’s fabulous musical, ‘Night and Day’, at 7.00 pm at REPS Theatre in Belgravia on Saturday, 1 March.
Tickets are the normal price of $15 – enjoy good SA wine and snacks before the show and know you are helping Childline, childen’s charities and old-age homes by choosing to see the show that night.
Tickets from Jill Day at <>, 0772 224 165, 480455.



Movies @ Ster-Kinekor (to 20 February)

Visit us at any of our branches and enjoy our Tuesday half-price specials.
SK 105 opposite Eastgate $2 2D and $3 3D.
SK Westgate $3 2D and $4 3D.
Be part of the great moments at their greatest!!

105 R. Mugabe Road (Eastgate)

 Movie Title: FIRE WITH FIRE 2D.
 Age Restriction: (nu16).
 Show Times: Fri-Thurs 12:30, 15:00, 17:30 & 20:00

 Movie Title: VAMPIRE ACADEMY 2D. (new release).
 Age Restriction: (nu18).
 Show Times: Fri-Thurs 12:30, 15:00, 17:30 & 20:00

 Age Restriction: (AA).
 Show Times: Fri-Thurs 12:30 & 15:00

 Age restriction: (nu16)
 Show Times: Fri-Thurs 17:30 & 20:00

 Age Restriction: (nu18)
 Show Times: Fri-Thurs 12:30, 15:00, 17:30 & 20:00

 Movie Title: ROMEO & JULIET 2D.
 Age Restriction: (nu12)
 Show Times: Fri-Thurs 12:30, 15:00, 17:30 & 20:00

 Movie Title: ROBOCOP 2D.
 Age Restriction: (nu12)
 Show Times: Fri-Thurs 12:30, 15:00, 17:30 & 20:00

 Please Note: Two movies sharing in Cine 3 @ SK105 (East Gate).

Westgate Complex

 Age Restriction: (AA)
 Show Times: Fri-Thurs 12:30, 15:00, 17:30 & 20:00

 Age Restriction: (nu18)
 Show Times: Fri-Thurs 12:30, 15:00, 17:30 & 20:00

 Movie Title: ROBOCOP 2D.
 Age Restriction: (nu12)
 Show Times: Fri-Thurs 12:30, 15:00, 17:30 & 20:00

 Movie Title:  VAMPIRE ACADEMY 2D (new release).
 Age Restriction: (nu18)
 Show Times: Fri-Thurs 12:30, 15:00, 17:30 & 20:00

For more information, please contact:
701933 (105 R. Mugabe) and 332253 (Westgate), or e-mail  <>, or Whatsapp 0783-019-993


Zimbabwe German Society (February)

All events are held at 51 Lawson Avenue, Milton Park, Harare, unless otherwise stated.
For further information, please e-mail <>.

Morning Dance Classes
New on our programme are Dance classes every Tuesday and Thursday morning in February
$5 per session. Time: 7am-8am

Acoustic Night Documentary Screening (19 February)
Join us for a free screening of the Acoustic Night/Jamaram German Tour Documentary screening and get an inside look of what Tariro ne Gitare, Prayersoul and Rutendo Machridza experienced during the tour of Germany in 2013 with German band Jamaram.
19 February, 5:30pm, FREE

Acoustic Night (21 February)
The Acoustic Night is a platform for up-coming acts to introduce themselves and attract new audiences. Please join us for an exciting evening of varied acts consisting of musicians, poets and some comdey.
21 February, 6:30pm, $5

Spread the love festival (22 February)
Please join us for some fashion, music games and dance featuring Dudu Manhenga, Tariro neGitare and Bled
22 February, 2pm-8pm, $5

ZGS 30th AGM (8 March)
This year, our AGM will be held on Saturday the 8th of March 2014 at 2pm. This is our election year and all valid members are invited to participate in the election of our new board. New members are welcome as well, you will be able to sign up for membership or renew your membership beforehand as well as on the actual day.
8 March, 2pm, FREE

Association of Complementary Health Practitioners (18 February)
Our speaker for February's meeting will be Sonia Pereira, and she will be talking about Conscious (compassionate) Communication.
Our meeting will be held at Highlands Sports Club, 1 Glen Esk Ave, off Sloane St, behind the Runiville Shops off Glenara Ave, on the evening of Tuesday 18 February at 6.30pm for 7pm.
A donation of $5.00 from non-members is requested at the door. Our talks are followed by a bring-and-share supper, to which everyone attending is asked to contribute, with a plate of sweet or savoury, so we have a meal of interest and variety. There is a cash bar at the Club.
For more information, please contact Jane on <>


thePoint @ Hellenic Academy (20–23 February)
A workshop in Awakening Consciousness Awareness by Stephen Norval (South Africa).
It's current, profoundly liberating and deeply encouraging - personally and professionally. A breath of fresh air, a breeze of simplicity in a time of increasing complexity.
Seeing thePoint of it all, the unimaginable become possible - it's tangible!
Facebook: truePoint Teaching  <>
Hellenic Academy, $350 (ZAR3,500) paid in advance or $400 (ZAR4,000) on a payment plan plus a discount incentive.
Please do not hesitate to ask if financial assistance is required. Contact Fergus on 0772 465071.

Mindfulness teachings @ KSDH (6 to 11 March)
KSDH invites you to join us in welcoming Lama Tsondru from the Spanish Kagyu Buddhist Centre. She will be here from 6 to 11 March and will be offering three teachings:

1. Retreat on the four foundations of mindfulness, Thursday 6 - Sunday  March in the beautiful and tranquil setting of Susurumba, Nyanga $95 shared accommodation, $70 camping. Cost includes all meals.
Theme: Mindfulness of body, mind and teachings. Mindfulness can help us see what is going on within our minds which we are often unaware of but which drive much of our behaviour and unhappiness

2. Public Talk on Living a Meaningful Life: 5.15pm Monday 10 March, Kagyu Samye Dzong Harare Temple, 7a Ernie's Lane, Monavale
Lama Tsondru will examine the difficulties we face in leading a meaningful life and explore ways where deeper, more meaningful communication and happiness can be found in our lives. Cost $5

3. Refuge and Talk Ceremony : Tuesday 11 March, Kagyu Samye Dzong Harare Temple, 7a Ernie's Lane, Monavale - 4pm for the talk on Refuge and 5pm for the Refuge Ceremony.
Lama Tsondru will give a Refuge Ceremony for those wanting to make the Buddhist path their spiritual path.  For those wanting to do this, attendance to the talk is a prerequisite. Dave Sheehan 0772 317 424 is available to answer your questions. No charge.

For more information on any of these teachings, contact the KSDH office at304202 (mornings only) or email us at <>. Or visit our website at <>.


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