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During your visit to Harare, you will truly be amazed at all the cultures that have blended together in the cities. You can always find jazz festivals, fashion shows, and even beer festivals that feature some of the finest brews on Earth. Aside from routine cultural needs, every society needs special celebrations that unite everyone for a common theme. Once you visit Zimbabwe, you are sure to appreciate many of the themes that this society has chosen to form national holidays around. In fact, if you are proud of your own nation, or the job that you have in society, these may be the perfect dates to visit Harare and find out how other people celebrate and express similar sentiments.
If you are up for it, you can kick start with the New Year's Eve celebrations. This is one of the biggest and best celebrations held in Harare. Included among them are a number of live music performances.
During this month, there is an Annual Barbel Competition which is held at the end of the month and organised by Marimba Angling Society at Lake Chivero.
April & May
If you are visiting Harare during a national holiday, make sure that you know the exact dates and the customs surrounding each event. This will help you get more out of the event as well as make it easier to schedule transportation and access to venues of interest.
Aside from Christmas, Easter, and other religious holidays, most national holidays in Zimbabwe focus on the milestones of the nation and Africa in general. While some holidays have been around for a while, others may be fairly new. This, in turn, creates a situation where native people will have many different views of the holiday in question. During your visit, you are sure to enjoy seeing how the people of Zimbabwe celebrate and honor the nation they are part of.
Even though you may not understand every aspect of the Zimbabwe people or culture, this is a day that marks their desire for self -rule and autonomy and it is of much importance to them. Major events and performances are also done in Harare, making the city the major site for exploration.
Harare International Arts Festival (HIFA)
9th INTEREST workshop 2015
The workshop size and atmosphere facilitate discussion and interaction between participants. 8 successful meetings have been convened since INTEREST's inception; in Uganda, Senegal (twice), Zambia (twice), Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya. The format of the workshop is a 3-5 day program consisting of plenary sessions on HIV prevention and treatment presented by renowned invited speakers, oral abstract presentations, roundtable discussions and poster sessions. Ample time is allocated to Q&A and discussion in order to foster an intimate and interactive workshop.
Annual Zimbabwe Suzuki Group Concert
It is a stimulating and exciting concert held at the Harare International School featuring violin and cello performances by students.
Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival
International Book Fair
Zimbabwe Agricultural Society Show
Lion Lager Summer Beer Festival
Jikinya Traditional Dance Festival
Is normally held in late November and is a long-established event that aims to give young Zimbabweans a chance to show off their traditional dance skills.
As Zimbabwe grows in stature and popularity, the country manages to boast a growing calendar of events throughout the year. As you saw above, there is a show-case of sports competitions, fairs and expos as well as arts and music festivals. The end of year period is kept entertaining by:
Zimbabwe Festival of African Inspired Animation
Held early December in Harare. The event includes screenings and workshops, with young animators being particularly well-catered for.
Staged in mid-December, the Zimfest is one-day event that showcases top Zimbabwean talent from the world of music. Non-stop performances are held throughout the day.
Youth Festival Week
The week's activities focus on music and dance, as well as fashion shows and youth-related exhibitions.
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