Celebrated writer Dambudzo Marechera will this year be honored posthumously at the Protest Arts International Festival (PAIF) to be held at different venues across the city.
Marechera, who was once a vagrant in Harare Gardens, will have his works remembered at a festival whose main stage is in the same park.
The play Pub Stories mixes a narrative of Marechera’s life with exerts from his short story Tony Fights Tonight. It will be staged at Alliance Francaise tomorrow night.
PAIF creative director Daniel Maposa says: “At the core of the play’s story is Dambudzo’s quest for freedom in the highest sense.”
Maposa said the story is of a man willing to seek, to the point of self-destruction, his own notion of free will, freedom beyond a politically deﬁned form, freedom from systems, from society’s chains, dogma, the state and all things in him.
Meanwhile, the festival will also treat theatre lovers to highly rated plays including Up In The Sky co-directed by renowned Jerry Poe and Half Empty Half Full starring Teddy Mangava.
In dance, PAIF will host a production from the Performing Arts Centre of Free State all the way from Bloemfontein, South Africa entitled Droits de I’homme, also on Friday at Alliance Francaise.
Standup comedy is well represented by the famous Victor Mpofu a.k.a Doc Vikela who has in the past thrilled fans at Simuka Comedy. He will perform at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Beit Hall in the Laugh It Out show on Friday evening.
Poetry lovers are not to be left out as the festival offers a poetry challenge led by Zimbabwe Poets for Human Rights (ZPFHR) today at 4pm at the UZ.
ZPFHR co-founder Robson ‘Shoes’ Lambada says: “I believe that poetry reaches beyond parameters that speeches fail to reach.”
He said the poetry challenge is a platform for the young spoken word artists to blatantly express their feelings without fear of repression or reprimand.
The festival will also receive a worthy send off from local dancehall musicians in a show dubbed Dance Yourself To Freedom. This show, which will probably be the most explosive of the festival, features the high riding Romeo Anthony a.k.a Shinsoman who is currently topping charts with hit single Mawaywaya, Donald Chirisa a.ka Sniper Storm, Freeman, Jiggaz and Dadza D.
The 13 year old Spiderman is one of the most talented reggae stars to look out for on this day. He comes with a highly rated performance that has in the past outclassed celebrated musicians.
The Protest Arts International Festival runs from 24 to 26 October free of charge.