LitFest Harare

LitFest Harare 2021, the eighth edition of the literary festival that runs annually in Zimbabwe, ran from November 24-27, 2021.

LitFest Harare is a literature festival hosted annually in Harare, Zimbabwean since it was founded in 2013. You can read some of our coverage of the festival in 2014 and 2015.

The 2021 edition of the festival continued down the same route that we have seen in the last year or so as the program ran in a hybrid manner both virtually and offline. On offer for those who are based in Harare and those who were following online were panel discussions, book reviews and performances, a poetry slam for young poets. There were a series of workshops for artists and arts and culture practitioners on the Twitter Spaces platform throughout the festival.

Some of the scheduled guest for the festival this year were Wits’ Prof Robert Muponde, mbira diva Tendai Mavengeni, Belgium’s poet Jessie James La Fleur, Gameli Tordzro, Nobuhle Nyoni, Kudzanai Thonhlana, Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika, Menzi Maseko, Philani Nyoni, Butholezwe Nyathi, Owen Maseko, Mthulisi Ndlovu, Amanda Marufu, Tawona Sithole, Prof Shadreck Chirikure, Dr Thomas Thondhlana, Dr Ancila Nhamo, and Dr Eva Musvosvi,

This year’s theme was “Healing” with a focus on literature, art, discussions and performances that highlight and celebrate the power of words in healing, bridging communities and building peace. Festival director, Chirikure Chirikure, spoke on why healing was chosen as the central focus of LitFest Harare 2021:

“The world is trying to heal. More conversations on dealing with the painful past have been opening up. Some want restitution for colonial plunder and injustice,” he said.

On the first day screening from both Glasgow and Harare, the festival included a tribute to Nobel Prize winner Abdulrazak Gurnah given by Pan African Writers Association Secretary General Wale Okediran,

The events happened with the support of the UNESCO Desk of the University of Glasgow, the University of Glasgow, and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

To see some of the events of the festival, please visit the LitFest Harare Facebook page.