Stanbic Bank has once again partnered Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) for the 2017 edition. The financial institution has been supporting the arts through HIFA since 2006 and continues to show their support 11 years on.
In this year’s edition, Stanbic is supporting the dance category of the program which one of the most innovative dance programmes ever held at the Festival. Characterized by 13 different acts, the program features a strong Zimbabwean presence and a vast number of dance companies from around the world including Egypt and India to mention a few. The dance shows will be hosted at venues including Reps Theatre and The Standard Theatre throughout the duration of the festival.
The Executive Director for HIFA, Maria Wilson, described Stanbic’s long term support as one of a kind, “The Dance Programme at HIFA 2017 has been generously supported by Stanbic Bank and it is a programme that is also highly supportive of artists who are physically challenged and yet are able to show how anything is possible with determination and courage, qualities which Stanbic also shares”, said Maria.
Palmer Mugavha, the Head of Marketing for Stanbic Bank articulated that the bank is humbled to be able to contribute to the success of an event of this magnitude in celebration of the arts. “We are honored to have the opportunity to join all the other benefactors of such an immense festival like HIFA. Our celebration of the arts is a trend that we have exhibited for so many years and we would like to congratulate Maria and her team for bringing this year’s edition to life”, said Mugavha
Wilson added that Stanbic Bank has been involved in HIFA for several years and it is with great pride that HIFA is able to partner this progressive bank. She said that “the bank is part of a group of Zimbabwean corporate partners who are determined to see Zimbabwe’s largest arts Festival happen for the people of Zimbabwe”.
The arts festival came to life on 2 May 2017 under the theme “Staging an Intervention”, bringing the city of Harare to life as people from all walks of life throng the different venues for a feel of the HIFA experience.
Part of the Dance shows courtesy of Stanbic Bank: Rangla Dance Company- Some of India’s finest traditional performers travel to Zimbabwe to perform a mixed program of dance and music from North India.