Arts Events List (Zimbabwe)
AEL as @ 18 December 2016
Edited from e-mails received by Twin Arts, Zimbabwe. This compilation © Twin Arts Trust.
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Twin Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of M-Web, who have donated the mailbox & Website.
Note:  AEL can accept no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained herein.

Today, Twin Arts is issuing its final Arts Events List

We would like to thank the editors for the many, many devoted hours they have given on a voluntary basis to compiling and sending out the email every week since it was started by Twin Arts in 2000: Beverley Hargrove, from 2003 to 2005, and Roger Stringer, from 2006 until now.
       A special mention must be given to Odette Lind, who facilitated the setting up of this initiative when she worked at M-Web, and who had the foresight to encourage Twin Arts to access what was then innovative technology, just 17 years ago.
       We would also like to thank and congratulate the Zimbabwe arts community for their lively support over the years, and the richness of their endeavours. And we hope that the Zimbabwean arts-loving community has found the AEL useful.
       It seems that the original cutting-edge value of the AEL has now been overtaken by technology. Social media such as Facebook and Twitter have attracted many events advertisers, who are able to make colourful posters about their events easily accessible to huge numbers of people. It has become more and more difficult to obtain simple “what, where, when” information in plain text from events organizers for subscribers to the AEL, and we are conscious that a lot of events were not being included in the AEL.
       Twin Arts is very grateful for the continued support that has been provided over the years by M-Web, its successor iWayAfrica, and, until now, Dandemutande, who have donated the mailbox and website. The AEL e-mail address will be closed with effect from the end of the year, as will the CABS account.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017.

Christopher and Vivienne Hamblin
Founder Trustees of Twin Arts (Zimbabwe) Trust

You may wish to join these mailing lists to hear about events in Zimbabwe:
For classical music in Harare: <>
For classical music and performing arts in Bulawayo: <>
For events at REPS theatre: <>
For general arts and commercial events: <>

Events on now, or starting on or before 6 January 2017

Events are in Harare unless stated otherwise.

  • Ngoma NeHosho Live Sessions (21 December)

Performing Arts Bulawayo [PAB] and the Academy [Bulawayo]
  • Carols from King's (21 December)
  • Berlin Philharmonic Grand Finales (29 December)
  • Dad's Army Christmas Special & Berlin Philharmonic 'World Encores' (31 December)
  • A View to a Kill (5 January)
  • Puccini: Tosca (6 January)
  • The Griot’s Call @ Village Unhu (21 December)
  • The Annual ‘Summer’ Exhibition @ Gallery Delta (to end January)
  • A Different Way of Looking @ The Corridor (December)
  • The Impro Show @ Willowmead Junction (20 December)
  • Snow White @ Reps (to 22 December)
  • New Year @ Reps (31 December)
  • This Changes Everything @ Tristan's (19 December)



Ngoma NeHosho Live Sessions (21 December)
Ngoma NeHosho is back with another installment of  "Live Sessions". This time it's an exciting Unity Day eve special featuring award winners Mokoomba, Alexio Kawara, Ammara Brown and Bryan Kadengu. 
Past editions have featured Hugh Masekela, Oliver Mtukudzi, Victor Kunonga and Tariro NeGitare to mention a few. 
Wednesday, 21 December Time: Admission: $10 (cash and cards accepted)
More info: email: <>, <>
Mobile/Whatsapp: +263772818197, +263772773574

Performing Arts Bulawayo [PAB] and the Academy [Bulawayo]
For further information, please e-mail Michael Bullivant <>

Carols from King's (21 December)
Wednesday 21 December in the Robert Sibson Hall at 6.30 p.m.
Enjoyed in millions of homes each Christmas Eve, 'Carols from King's' begins as always with a lone chorister singing 'Once in Royal David's City', and concludes with the triumphant 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'. The service is preceded by a documentary, '60 Years of Carols from King's' gives an insight into what life is like for a chorister and the impact these experiences have on generations of choristers.
'It is a stirring, moving mix, steeped in tradition but with the purity, freshness and professionalism of the King's choir to keep it poignantly alive.'  [The Telegraph, 23 Dec. 2015]
'Perhaps the finest Christmas choral performances ever recorded on DVD.' []
Admission: $3.00 [free to Red Carpet members]   Christmas Dinner during the  interval ($10.00)

Berlin Philharmonic Grand Finales (29 December)
Thursday 29 December in the Robert Sibson Hall at 6.30 p.m.
This was an extraordinary programme for an extraordinary night, 31 December 1999! The Berlin Philharmonic celebrated the final day of the 20th Century with 'Grand Finales' in the first part of the programme and heralded the leap into the 21st Century with an explosion of sparkling music in the second.
'Superbly conducted by Abbado with the fantastic sound of the Berlin Philharmonic.'  [Amazon]
Admission: $3.00 [free to Red Carpet members]   Dinner available during the interval ($10.00)

Dad's Army Christmas Special & Berlin Philharmonic 'World Encores' (31 December)
Saturday 31 December in the Robert Sibson Hall at 7.30 p.m.
The evening begins with a Christmas Special from Dad's Army, 'The Love of Three Oranges', which is followed by a second extraordinary concert from the Berlin Philharmonic, this time from the open air venue at the Waldbühne. The entire programme consisted solely of pieces of music, well-known and not so well-known, which have been played as encores. including some of the most popular items in the repertoire.
'The violinist Vadim Repin is clearly happy to indulge, performing here with all the appropriate showmanship and artistry alongside the first-class Berlin Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons. This isn't only a production for core classical lovers - this is a night for a wide audience.'  [Amazon]
Admission: $3.00 [free to Red Carpet members]   Dinner available during the interval ($10.00)

A View to a Kill (5 January)
Thursday 5 January in the Robert Sibson Hall at 7.00 p.m.
'A View to a Kill 'is the fourteenth Bond film, and the seventh and last to star Roger Moore. An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by
destroying California's Silicon Valley.
'Moore is worth every wrinkle on his face in "A View to a Kill," the seventh movie he has made in the Bond series and the most enjoyable since "Moonraker" back in the '70s.'  [New York Daily News, 23 May 2016]
'Undoubtedly one of the best Bond films, it sees Roger Moore's reign end on a high. Seriously underrated, it's a great watch with amazing music, villains and final action sequence.'  [IMDb, 31 July 2016]
Admission: $3.00 [free to Film members]   Supper available from 6.15 p.m.

Puccini: Tosca (6 January)
Friday 6 January in the Robert Sibson Hall at 6.30 p.m.
One of the most popular of all operas comes in a unique and highly innovative version.  Puccini's 'Tosca' is performed in the Roman locations - and at the times of day - specified in the score. Thus the action opens in the beautiful 16th-century church of Sant'Andrea della Valle at noon, where Cavaradossi (Placido Domingo) is painting a portrait, moves to the Farnese Palace that evening where Tosca (Catherine Malfitano) dramatically stabs the lustful Scarpia (Ruggero Raimondi), and finally to the battlements of the Castel Sant'Angelo at dawn the following day where the final drama is played out.
'Andrea Andermann's television production was simply a triumph.'  [The Times]
'The enormous scale of the production, the stunning richness of the settings, is spectacular. Giant sculptures and paintings, magnificent fabrics, glorious architecture, a spectacular vista of Rome from the roof of the Sant' Angelo: the visual wonders are breathtaking.... the entire conception may be little more than an elaborate gimmick; but it's one that any opera lover is not likely to forget.'  [New York Times]
Admission: $3.00 [free to Red Carpet members]   Dinner available during the interval ($10.00)


The Griot’s Call @ Village Unhu (21 December)
A one-man exhibition of paintings by David Chinyama, 21 December, at 5.30 p.m.
Entertainment and music by Likafu Jazz Band – Afro-fusion contemporary jazz band.
Music and wine on the house.
Village Unhu, 10 Silwood Close, Chisipite (off Enterprise Road and opposite Brookfields Nursery).
More information from <>.

The Annual ‘Summer’ Exhibition @ Gallery Delta (to end January)
Paintings, graphics, ceramics and mixed media sculptures including works by Arthur Azevedo, Virginia Chihota, Lindsay Ford, Tafadzwa Gwetai, Lovemore Kambudzi, Helen Lieros, Webster Mubayirenyi, Clive Mukucha, Munyaradzi Mugorosa, Fungai Mwale, Daryl Nero, Thakor Patel, Kate Raath, Greg Shaw, Cosmas Shiridzinomwa, Freddy Tauro, Richard Witikani and Johnson Zuze
Sponsored by the Embassy of Switzerland.
Season’s greetings and good wishes to all our friends, artists, patrons, clients and collectors from all at
Gallery Delta, 'Robert Paul's Old House', 110 Livingstone Avenue/Ninth Street, Greenwood Park, Harare
Telephone/Fax: 792135; <>; <>.

A Different Way of Looking @ The Corridor (December)
The Corridor welcomes you to “A Different Way of Looking”, Andrew Arkwright’s first solo exhibition, featuring glimpses of his life in Mana Pools. His dream-like drawings reflect the unique and sensitive way he percieves his environment, showing a different and perhaps more honest way of looking at flaura and fauna in the African bush. 
1 Fisher Avenue, Ballantyne Park, Harare.


The Impro Show @ Willowmead Junction (20 December)
After such great responses to our last two restaurant-based shows, the IMPS are back with one more offering of The Impro Sshow before Christmas.  
At Bells Cafe, Willowmead Junction, Rolf Valley, Harare.
Tuesday, 20 December - 6.30 for 7pm (come early to order tapas and drinks before the show starts at 7pm) 
$8 cover charge. Phone 0777 884 859 to book.

Snow White @ Reps (to 22 December)
The repertory players has great pleasure in presenting the 2016 pantomime, Snow White
13–17 December: 6.30 p.m.
20– 21 December: 6.30 p.m.
Matinees: 10, 17 and 22 December: 2.30 p.m.
Tickets $12.00, with discounts for children/pensioners and others
Tuesdays are family nights with one child free with every adult

New Year @ Reps (31 December)
Comedy, song and dance to start your evening celebrations
Tickets :  $10.00 - Show only. $15.00 – includes meal and first drink after the show
Saturday, 31 December  -  6.30 p.m.


This Changes Everything @ Tristan's (19 December)
The documentary that will be shown on Monday 19 December at 7pm will be This Changes Everything produced by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein about climate change, the economy that creates it and alternatives.
Please note that if you'd like to have dinner, the curry buffet at $10, please come at 6:30pm – and please make sure that you have booked by Monday morning, 9am. To book for the meal, please call Sandy on 0733 411 426 or Tristan on 0737 331 042
There will be an intermission though halfway through the movie. The entrance for the movie is $5.
This will be the last documentary screening this year so hope you can make it!


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Here are some messages received from AEL readers since 18th December 2016:

“Thanks to all of you for providing us with the Arts Event List for so many years.
We enjoyed some great shows that we might otherwise have missed and even when we didn't attend a particular event it was uplifting to know that artists of all kinds were producing wonderful work in Zimbabwe. I am grateful.Thank you. Cheers.” Fay


“Thank you to everyone who has been involved in AEL over the years.  Although there are now several other mailing lists and sites giving information on events in Zimbabwe, none has the ease of reading, content and layout of AEL, which have made it such a pleasure. You will be missed! Wishing you a happy Christmas and all the best for 2017,”

“I greatly appreciated the effort and hard work of the many volunteers who helped to promote the arts and let us know what is going on. Especially Roger Stringer whose selflessness is well known and admired”. Carole

“Thank you for your email. I'm very sad you are having to say goodbye.
I have thoroughly enjoyed receiving your regular (AEL) emails detailing all the inspirational functions happening in Zimbabwe. Thank you for your commitment. All the very best”. Sue

“Many thanks for all your efforts with this over the years. It served an extremely useful purpose for a long time - maybe technology has overtaken publications like this, although I'm always surprised to find out that some event has happened without me even realising it!” Simon

“I am heart-sore you have had to close this.
I would like to thank you for all you have done for the community and wish you a wonderful Christmas and a better New Year for all.” Sue

“Hi there, here from Theatre in the Park, Harare. This is sad news indeed. We would be very interested in keeping the brand/name and reconfigure it so that it accommodates the demands of this fast evolving world.” Daves

“Thanks, AEL for all your years of giving up your time in order to present this list.
It has been appreciated but as you have indicated, there are others doing similar lists, and you have done your time.
Have a great festive season.
See you in the New Year at one of these events.” debs

“Thank you for many years of service.” Anthea

“Thanks to you all for delivering to me Atrs Events List for many years-will miss it.”

“Many thanks to all of you for a very useful service over the years.
Best wishes & Happy Christmas.” Brenda

...and many thanks to you all too! (AEL)