Thu 03, 5.30pm, CD LAUNCH: ‘TAUYAHE’ by ASSEGAI CREW (Mutare) – Book Café welcomes the Assegai Crew from the mountains of Mutare to launch their latest offering of their unique rhythms and rhymes of Manicaland – Ragga Manyika! – Free all welcome!


Thu 03, 8pm, MAFRIQ presents Ladies Night Mixed Bag featuring ROKI, DJ DISCORD, PAULINE, BROWN SUGAR, SEAN JUNIOR, DC, NESTO and DJ CAVASSI – cc$5


Fri 04, 7pm, Garden stage: MBIRA FRIDAY with MAWUNGIRA ENHARIRA – one of Harare’s top mbira ensembles, led by gwenyambira NYAMASVISVA  (Entry 6th St gate) – cc$5


Fri 04, 8pm, Main stage: SELMOR MTUKUDZI & TENDAI MANATSA – Contemporary Afro from this hot young couple – cc$10


Sat 05, 2-5pm, HOUSE OF HUNGER POETRY SLAM “FOR PEACE, JUSTICE & POETRY” –  The longest running poetry platform in Zimbabwe, joining the World Poetry Movement (see Come feel the energy!  Poets to register with the Slam master before 2pm - Free, all welcome!


Sat 05, 8pm, Zimbabwe mbira icon AMBUYA STELLA CHIWESHE opening with RUMBI TAVAZIVA and ‘VIBE CULTURE’ – cc$5


Mon 07, BOOK CAFÉ OPEN MIC – So You Think You Got Talent?  Bring it on!  The hottest jam party in town: poets, comedians, singers, dancers, musicians, bands – come register with the MC before 6pm – FREE, All welcome!


Tue 08, 5.30pm, WEBSITE LAUNCH : ZIMARTISTS – THE GLOBAL VILLAGE – Free all welcome!  (Read more


Tue 08, 7pm, ‘AFRICAN PRIDE’ back-to-back with lively songstress and dancer KESSIA MASONA – rising stars on the Zimbabwean music scene!  - cc$3


Wed 09, 6pm, Wednesday FILM CLUB presents “HER” – a musical. Two young men are best friends and roommates at college. They both meet a girl – the same girl. They both do whatever it takes to win her attention and begin to compete against each other. However, there is more to the girl than meets the eye. Written and directed by Rodney Manyepa. Followed by Q&A and discussion, filmmaker in attendance. FREE!


Wed 09, 8pm - WEDDY WEDNESDAY! With MACY & THE RED: “One Planet One Vibe One Love” – Taking the freedom to express themselves in many genres, from reggae to rock, and afro to pop – without limitations!  – cc$5




Fri 11, 7pm, Garden stage: MBIRA FRIDAY with MAWUNGIRA ENHARIRA – one of Harare’s top mbira ensembles, led by gwenyambira NYAMASVISVA  (Entry 6th St gate) – cc$5


Fri 11, 8pm, Main stage: SULU CHIMBETU - the legendary Dendera music maestro and backing band ORCHESTRA DENDERA KINGS are back on the Book Café stage with another dynamic performance, guaranteed to keep you dancing! – cc$10– cc$10


Sat 12, 2-5pm, SISTAZ OPEN MIC – the monthly platform for young women artists to come out in the safety of daytime to participate in the arts – a lively event with a host of old and new talent – Come do your thang sisters, this is your space!

Free, all welcome!


Sat 12 5.30pm, MASA & SUNSETS JAZZ BAND take the Sistaz Afterparty stage from 5.30pm, with Masa – a vibrant young singer-songwriter whose music is a unique cut across elements of pop and afro-soul. Born on the Sistaz Open Mic stage, she continues to grow!  Backed today by gifted young gentlemen of jazz, Sunsets Jazz Band – cc$3


Sat 12, 8pm, TRANSIT CREW – Reggae veterans who never fail to delight! A roots rock reggae vibe – cc$5


Activity Report Feedback from ZESN Public Meeting:    An analysis of the Electoral Amendment Bill on   10th of April 2014

See the link for a report on the meeting ZESN Activity Update 100414 - for news about the Creative Sector in Zimbabwe

NPAAC Newsletter November 2013

ZITA Newsletter October

Nhimbe Newsletter October

Nhimbe-NPAAC September Newsletter - news from the cultural scene back home

Masakhaneni Newsletter - Have a look at this very interesting newsletter which covers the pre-election 2013 and post-election period



1 July 2013: Harare News –

Community Newspaper and online website launched

New – Zimbabwe Theatre Association launches newsletter – click on link below

ZiTA%20Newsletter-LAUNCH%20EDITION - Positive outlook from outgoing Ambassador Charles Ray


 CARA and Econet have  installed ‘Life Size’ video conference equipment into a College of Health Science Lecture Hall on the University of Zimbabwe’s main campus.

 ‘Virtual Lectures’ will be streamed in  to support the College of Health Science and the Faculties of Science and Veterinary Science in  areas currently lacking teaching staff, or who could benefit from engagement with the diaspora and/or international partnerships.


Population Census in Zimbabwe 18-28 August – how many people are in Zimbabwe? For more info click on 2012 Zimbabwe Population Census

Dear Friends,
Some of you may be interested in this new blog, which discusses some
current issues in Zimbabwe, based on my recent experiences as Director
at Hlekweni. I’d especially appreciate comments from Zimbabweans, at:

With thanks and in Friendship,
Craig Barnett