Sophia Chese : Arts Correspondent
Zimbabwe is set to host the inaugural Harare International Food and Music Festival next month. The three-day festival, to be hosted at the Glamis Arena and Borrowdale Race Course, will start on April 29 ending on May 2. The festival will see stakeholders in the food industry exhibiting their wares and products while artists from different musical genres will perform.In an interview, Jacaranda Culture and Media Corporation marketing executive Tinashe Kitchen said the event was set to promote cultural exchange through the power of food and music.
“Over the course of three days, local and international musical artists and food specialists from all walks of Zimbabwean life will converge in the nation’s capital for the once in a lifetime event for a cultural exchange programme.
“Music and food go a long way in defining a people’s culture and life style. These two cannot be isolated if one is to speak of a certain society.”
He said the organisers came up with the concept to entertain, empower, market and educate local artists and those operating in the food sector and the targeted audience.
“The event seeks to further promote a healthy life through dissemination of essential information from professional personnel in the music and food sector.
“As a result of this line of thought and the zeal to see this vision being realized, we decided to host the Harare International Food and Music Festival.”
He said at least six shows had been lined up for performances during the three day event.
“For entertainment, we have line up six shows that will cover various genres of music to cater for people of different backgrounds.
We are also going to work with both prominent artists and upcoming. There will also be dance groups, an international musician plus local DJs,” he said.