8th international literature festival: LitFest kicks off this month

The 8th edition of the annual international literature festival will be held from the 24th to the 27th of November, 2021.For the second year running, the festival will be held mostly virtually. Speeches, discussions and workshops will be virtual, while live events will  include a poetry slam, theatre performances and a music concert to be held on the closing day at Theatre in the Park in Harare.

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This year’s theme is ‘Healing’ and will showcase literature, art, discussions and performances that highlight and celebrate the power of words in healing ourselves, bridging communities and building peace. LitFest Harare 2021 will host participants from all over the world including Zimbabwe, Germany, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zambia, Cameroon, Ghana and Scotland.

LitFest Harare (International Literature Festival) is an annual international literature festival. Run by a Trust, the festival is a celebration and a carnival of literature.

The festival’s main aim is to allow writers to present their work and to allow academics, critics, other writers and the broad reading public to hear and discuss it. The presentations are made by means of readings, recitations, screenings, discussions, interviews, debates and community outreach.

The 2021 festival programme includes a keynote address by Professor Robert Muponde from Wits University in South Africa on the opening night, a plethora of panel discussions, book reviews and performances, a poetry slam for young poets as well as a closing day concert headlined by mbira queen, Tendai Mavengeni (Zimbabwe) and poet/artist,  Jessie James La Fleur (Belgium/Germany). The closing concert will be run in partnership with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

There will also be a series of workshops for artists and arts and culture practitioners on the Twitter Spaces platform throughout the festival.

Festival Director, Chirikure Chirikure, spoke on why healing was chosen as the central focus of LitFest Harare 2021;

“The world is trying to heal. More conversations on dealing with the painful past have been opening up. Some want restitution for colonial plunder and injustice. The wrongs of historic economic and physical genocides that inflicted personal and communal wounds are being called into the light. The global pandemic we are still currently grappling with has also brought into sharp focus the need for stronger institutions and common platforms for collaboration on building peace and stability in our world. LitFest Harare 2021 seeks to contribute to this pivotal discourse by putting healing, peace building and conflict transformation at the centre of this year’s edition.”

Chirikure Chirikure

Chirikure also added, “We are grateful to our long standing local and international partners whose support enabled us to put the festival together, besides the challenges the world is going through. In particular, we appreciate the support from the UNESCO Desk of the University of Glasgow, the University of Glasgow, and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.”

For more information, contact Elizabeth Muchemwa on +263713517280, Kudzanai Thondhlana on +263787232831 or email litfestharare@gmail.com