LitFest Harare 2022

LitFest Harare 2022 is set to be hosted in Harare, Zimbabwe from November 23 – 26, 2022. The festival theme is “We are joy – Celebrating the ties that bind us.”

LitFest Harare is a literature festival hosted annually in Harare, Zimbabwean since it was founded by poet and curator Chirikure Chirikure in 2013. You can read some of our coverage of the festival in 2014 and 2015. In 2021, the festival ran virtually.

The festival for 2022 looks set to run from November 23 at selected venues around Harare, with some components of the festival being virtual as well. The theme was chosen by the festival team as a way to honour the ties that bind us as humanity.

As the festival Director, Chirikure Chirikure, explained, “In life, there is always the danger of not appreciating the positives that keep us going, even under difficult circumstances. One of the positives that we have in life is the ties that bind us as humanity. We are bound together in so many varied ways, at the family, community, national and global levels. Those ties are sometimes visible, or even tangible, while the others are sublime. Literature, and art in general, profile and sustains those ties. As such, we should take a moment to celebrate that which keeps us going.”

The LitFest festival will feature panel discussion sessions, dialogues, and performances that included poetry, theatre and music. Some of the 60 festival participants will come from Zimbabwe, Benin, Ghana, South Africa, the UK and USA. They include Dr Tefu Baba, Virginia Phiri, Chamunorwa Mashoko, Dr Nozipho Maraire, Philani A Nyoni, Tariro Ndoro, Courage Chinokwetu, Tony Chihota, Wilson Waison, Morset Billie, Florence Mukanga, Chimbidzikai Mapfumo, Batsirai Chigama, Chirikure Chirikure, Nandi Comer, Zaza Muchemwa, Tawona Sithole, Florence Madzikatire, Fungai Machirori, Mercy Dhliwayo, Victor Kunonga, Dr Memory Chirere, Mono Mukundu, Isabella Matambanadzo, Monica Cheru, Kudzanai Thondhlana, Stephanie Kapfunde, Hyab Yohannes, Samantha Vazhure, Barbara Nkala, Dr Bridget Chinouriri, Tinashe Muchuri, Prof Francis Matambirofa, Dr Reggie Marongedze, Mbuya Nyaradzo, Dr Salachi Naidoo, Professor Alison Phipps, and Prof Robert Muponde.

After the official festival program in Harare, there will be outreach workshops in Gweru and Bulawayo on November 28 and 30. Those workshops will be conducted by Nandi Comer (USA), Tawona Sithole (Zim/UK), Zaza Muchemwa (Zim), Nii Tete Yarety (Ghana), Ignite Theatre (UK), and Chipawa (Zim).