Harare In­ter­na­tional Car­ni­val post­poned

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THE Zim­babwe Tourism Au­thor­ity (ZTA) — or­gan­is­ers of the Harare In­ter­na­tional Car­ni­val — have post­poned the fete from Septem­ber to Oc­to­ber in or­der to give par­tic­i­pat­ing groups more time to pre­pare.

The an­nual four-day cul­tural di­ver­sity cel­e­bra­tion that was meant to take place from Septem­ber 14 to 17 will now start on Oc­to­ber 6 end­ing on Oc­to­ber 9.

ZTA head of pub­lic re­la­tions, Sugar Chagonda, said: “The post­pone­ment was prompted by the ma­jor­ity of re­sponses from both lo­cal and for­eign par­tic­i­pants who cited prior com­mit­ments dur­ing the pre­vi­ously set dates, but for­mally ex­pressed their interest to par­tic­i­pate at the fes­ti­val.

“ZTA con­sid­ered it pru­dent to take heed of the con­cerns so as to pro­vide a plat­form that benefits both par­ties. We’re still look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing par­tic­i­pants and pa­trons as we cel­e­brate our cul­tural di­ver­sity.”

He said they had part­nered the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo for the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the event in which 15 coun­tries have since signed up to be part of. Among the coun­tries are Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Ger­many, Brazil, Mozam­bique and Zam­bia.

“We’ve part­nered DRC who’ll as­sist with the plan­ning of the rhumba night. DRC is yet to con­firm which artiste will be grac­ing the rhumba night af­ter they sent Koffi Olo­mide last year,” said Chagonda.

On the lo­cal front, 26 lo­cal groups, among them fes­ti­vals – Int­wasa, Muringa and Gwanda Gospel have con­firmed par­tic­i­pa­tion.

ZTA will once again work with lead­ing entertainment pro­mot­ers — Devine As­sign­ments who will chip in with the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Samba Night.

“We’re work­ing with pri­vate pro­mot­ers like Devine As­sign­ments who’ve been tasked to work on the Samba Night once again. Devine As­sign­ments were re­cently in Brazil where they had the op­por­tu­nity to learn how events are or­gan­ised there. They’ll be putting their notes to prac­tice come Oc­to­ber.”

Chagonda added that be­fore the car­ni­val launches in Oc­to­ber, they would have pre­cur­sor events.

“In or­der to get peo­ple into a car­ni­val mood, we’ll or­gan­ise events to warm them up. We’re still plan­ning these events and will un­veil them once we’ve signed con­tracts with all those in­volved.”

Lo­cal artistes par­tic­i­pat­ing at the car­ni­val are yet to be an­nounced as ZTA is fi­nal­is­ing their con­tracts. The bulk of them will, how­ever, be part of the street party.

Last year, the car­ni­val brought Harare to a stand­still with its street party that fea­tured Brazil­ian Samba Queens as well as artistes Jah Prayzah and Bev Sibanda who were show­stop­pers. This year, ZTA, which has been fre­quent­ing Brazil, has promised to pull an even big­ger event than last year.

Plans are also un­der­way to spread the car­ni­val to other cities. — @maf­farro

Samba Queens at last year’s car­ni­val

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