Next stop, the Harare International Carnival

September 8, 2015 OPINION/NEWS

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Mathew Masinge

Zimbabwe will next month host the 3rd Annual Harare International Carnival (HIC) where at least 15 countries including Brazil, USA, Egypt, DRC, Nigeria, Botswana and others are expected to participate.

Speaking at the launch of the Carnival month, The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority CEO, Karikoga Kaseke said they are ready to showcase its tourist attractions and major on cultural exchange.

“The Harare International Carnival is aimed at growing the tourism industry through cultural exchanges. As a nation we can say we are ready to host the world on this auspicious event. We are going to have the pleasure of having the biggest fun in the world and we hope the world will be looking at Zimbabwe as a safe destination” he said.

With the Democratic Republic of Congo being officially named as the major partnering country for this year’s edition, Zimbabwean Tourism Authority CEO Karikoga Kaseke added that a number of activities have been lined up to constantly remind the public in the run for the street party.

“DRC’s favorite music group, Diamond Musica will be our main act for this edition. They will be supported by Zimbabwe’s own Oliver Mtukudzi, Dendera King Sulumani Chimbetu, Peter Moyo, Dancehall artists like Winky D and many other young musicians. In celebrating Zimbabwean music, Tuku will have his ‘Tuku and Friends’ concert on the 18th of September whilst other organizers will cater for the Sungura Night, Samba Night, Zim-Dancehal Night, Rhumba Night and the welcome party at the Harare Mayoral mansion” he said.

Scheduled for October 8th-10th, the Harare International Carnival is a week-long annual festival that encompasses a series of events and festivities. It is aimed at advancing the arts, culture and heritage of Zimbabwe as well as uniting the populace.

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It is all about celebrating diversity, getting communities together and getting to know one another, in the love and harmony that builds our country into a peaceful and promising place for everyone. Zimbabwe as a country boasts of the rich cultural traditional event which celebrates the seven wonders of the country in activity, jubilation and colour.

Meanwhile, preparations for the 4th Victoria Falls Carnival to be held in December (29-Jan 01) have kicked off with hotels already recording 50 percent booking rate four months before the event.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mathew Masinge

Mathew is journalist, blogger and an actor based in Harare. He writes for the Herald, Zimbabwe’s largest daily newspaper.

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