LitFest 2015 Programme

LitFest Harare, the international literature festival, will run in the last week of November, 2015. This year will mark the first full scale edition of the festival, after its inaugural run last year as a series of events.

Book-Color Histogram.
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The festival activities will be run at  selected venues in Harare. It will feature writers, critics, readers, performance poets, theatre artists, musicians and journalists drawn from Zimbabwe and abroad.

Running from 26 to 28 November, this unique festival will feature a package that’s not only meant to celebrate literature, but also to consolidate the bridges between artists and the lovers of art, while engaging the mind in a stimulating environment. The programme is designed to involve a range of participants, across age, gender and other social dimensions. It is also consciously designed with the broad spectrum of arts consumers and audiences that characterise the Zimbabwean social set-up.

2015 Programme

Thursday 26 November – Saturday 28 November


4 Dreary  Avenue (off Mazowe Str), Belgravia

University of Zimbabwe

Llwelin  Lecture Theatre, Mt Pleasant

Theatre in the Park

Harare Gardens (Herbert Chitepo Entrance)

Gallery Delta

101 Livingstone Avenue (Corner 9th Street)

Thursday 26 November
Time & VenueEvent
14.30 – 15.00

SAPES Trust Auditorium

Tribute to Chenjerai Hove

All welcome!

Facilitator: Ray Mawerera

15.00 – 16.00



Key Note Address: “Literature, Stereotypes and Women’s Safety”

Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende (Zim/USA)

with Respondent: Farai Mpfunya

Moderator: Isabella Matambanadzo

16.00 – 16.30BREAK
16.30 – 18.00



Book Launch:

Marry My Language

by Tendai Maduwa


18.00 – 1930



Music: Gary Tight

Cash Bar and Networking

All welcome!

Friday 27 November
Time & VenueEvent
11.00 -12.15

University of Zimbabwe

Llwelin Theater


Panel discussion: “Research and the Novel; Fiction and Imagination”

Elisabeth Beanca Horverson (Norway); Shimmer Chinodya (Zim); Cynthia Marangwanda Kizito Muchemwa and Memory Chirere

Moderator: Barbara Mhangami- Ruwende Zim/USA

12.15 – 1245

University of Zimbabwe

Llwelin Theater


Poetry Performances

Cynthia  Marangwanda,

Linda Gabriel, Philani ‘PAN’ Nyoni,

Han Lynn (Burma)

15.30 – 16.30

Theatre in Park


Book Pre-launch:

The Book of African Records

(Premiere Edition Zimbabwe)


17.30 – 18.30

Theatre in Park

Official opening of LitFest and Premiere of Theatre in the Park play “Guinea Fowl”


18.30 – 20.00

Theatre in Park

Theatre Performance: “Guinea Fowl” – a play about Doris Lessing, written by Elisabeth Beanca Horverson (Norway), feat. Norwegian and Zimbabwean cast/production team.

(Followed by an open discussion)


Saturday 28 November


Time Event
09.00 – 09.30


Welcome Remarks by LitFest Chairperson, followed by

Speed Networking

All welcome!

09.30 – 10.15


Panel discussion: “The Role of Literature in Society – The Book as a Cultural Artefact”

Elisabeth Beanca Horverson (Norway); Han Lynn (Burma); Blessing Musariri (Zim)

Moderator: Kizito Muchemwa

10.15 – 10.30BREAK
10.30 – 10.40Performance:

Mbira in Motion

Ticha Muzavazi (Solo mbira)

10.40 – 11.25


Discussion: “Should writers be called simply writers, i.e. not ‘African writers’ or ‘women writers’’? At what stage can one be called a writer:

By their calling? After publication?”

Kizito Muchemwa, Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende (Zim/USA), (Memory Chirere)

Moderator: Bella Matambanadzo

11.25 – 12.10


Discussion: “Literature on Digital Platforms – A blessing or a curse?”

Elisabeth Beanca Hoverson (Norway), Lawrence Hoba,

Fungai Machirori

Moderator: Elizabeth Muchemwa

12.10 – 12.55


‘One on One’: Biko Mutsaurwa interviews Han Lynn (Burma)
12.55 – 14.00LUNCH
14.00 – 14.15


Performance: The Power of Strings (Guitar and Poetry)

Han Lynn (Burma)

14.15 – 15.00


Panel Discussion:

“How deep (or far) should Biographies go?”

Shepherd Mutamba; Joyce Makwenda and Pathisa Nyathi

Moderator: Dr Ibbo Mandaza

15.00 -15.45


Poetry Performances

Cynthia Flowchild Marangwanda Philani ‘PAN’ Nyoni,

Students’ Workshop participants

15.45 – 16.30


Interview: “What Lyrics mean for Me and My Music”

Kinnah, Prudence Katomeni

Moderator: Jabulani ‘J-Boss’ Hove

16.30 -17.15


Literary Quiz (with Book Prizes)

All welcome!

17.15 – 17.30BREAK
1730 – End


PARTY TIME: Live Chimurenga Music – Jairos Chabvonga

& Ngorimba Afro-Fusion Band

Cash Bar and Book Signing


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