Zimbabwe is getting ready to host its’ annual Harare International Carnival this month from 16th – 25th May with a record 23 countries expected to participate in this year’s carnival. The carnival created by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) is a week-long event aimed at showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Zimbabwe. Harare is a beautiful city and is also the cultural capital of Zimbabwe with a variety of high profile cultural activities that take place each year.
The Harare International Carnival is Zimbabwe’s largest annual carnival, which has grown bigger over the years and the Zimbabwean Tourism Authority has set a target to place the annual carnival on the international carnival calendar as part of a vision to continue branding Harare and Zimbabwe as both a regional and international tourist destination. This year there will be entertainers performing from over 23 African, Asian, European and South American countries which include world-acclaimed Samba dancers from Brazil among other cultural groups from within and outside Africa.
You can be assured of a fun filled week of diverse activity with the organisers making sure the gathering celebrates the different cultures of the nation and the world. You can look forward to a celebration of Zimbabwe’s diversity as well as the opportunity for the locals to be introduced to the cultures of the participating nations.
The Harare International Carnival is set to be spread over 9 fun filled days with a variety of themed activities and nights that cater to the tastes of everyone. The carnival will kick off with the Miss Carnival Pageant with present holder Danai handing over the crown to a new carnival Queen. This will be followed by one of the most popular events and nights; the Carnival Jazz Night which will bring together clubs to celebrate the carnival through jazz music concerts. An Exotic Night has been introduced to celebrate Zim Dancehall meaning a special day for all dancehall lovers. This genre is very popular in the country especially the youths which this day will be hosted for. Other nights include the Samba Night as well as the main event of the celebrations ‘The Carnival Street Party’ which will see a parade through the streets of Harare ending at Unity Square, which will take place on the 24th of May.
The final night of the carnival will be Sunday 25th May which will be closed by the Carnival Music Concert where local artists and a selected international artist are set to perform at the carnival.
Organisers have called the carnival “a people’s event” and have encouraged everyone to be involved and this includes those who want to sell their products during the carnival. It is also a platform for artists to showcase their talents, whether dancing or singing. Locals can also look forward to an opportunity to sell their artefacts on the day and those promoting traditional costumes also have a big market at the carnival.