via Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) staggers [PHOTOS incl.] – The Sunday Mail May 10, 2015 by Mtandazo Dube
FINANCIAL constraints and donor fatigue almost derailed Zimbabwe’s biggest arts festival, the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) 2015.
Muchadeyi Masunda, the chairman of the Hifa board of trustees, says had it not been for festival founder Manuel Bagorro’s vast network and good relations with artistes plus the depth within the festival’s board, this year’s edition would have been a disaster.
In an interview with The Sunday Mail Leisure last week, Masunda, who sits on multiple boards of some top companies in the country, said a lot of behind-the-scenes manoeuvring had to be done to ensure the festival took place.
“Some of the corporates had made commitments that they were supporting the festival but the culture in this country is that these companies release monies late. As a board we had to do a lot of work in the background, picking up the phone and pushing our partners to come through.