Clipboard: what’s on in Harare

Here is this week's Clipboard, with its usual selection of items of activity in and around Harare in coming weeks. This e-newsletter includes information about arts, theatre, sport and business events - in fact, about anything! If you would like NOT to receive this e-mail (which is sent text only to keep it very small and easily downloadable) then also advise us at that address. Please pass this e-mail on to your family, friends and colleagues, so that everyone is better informed about what's on. If you wish to have information included on this newsletter send the information in text-only format to [email protected] – there is no charge as this is a free service and acts as an anti-clash diary.

1024px-Clipboard.svgNow running until Thursday March 17 – 2016 NIAA Vocal and Instrumental Eisteddfod. The annual music festival featuring western and African music, with vocal/instrumental/solo/groups/choirs. Full information in the official programme on sale at Eisteddfod venues. Tickets at the door $2 per session. Season ticket $10. For more information contact [email protected], tel: (04) 702989 or 0778 457773. Feb 29 to March 1, NIAA Eisteddfod, Midlands Christian College, Gweru; March 3 and 4, NIAA Eisteddfod African choirs, Gateway High School; March 4, NIAA Eisteddfod, Marimba Challenge, Prince Edward School,  3pm; March 5, NIAA Eisteddfod, bagpipes, PE School, 9am; March 7 and 8, NIAA Eisteddfod, Zimbabwe Academy of Music, Bulawayo; March 7 and 8, NIAA Vocal and Instrumental Eisteddfod junior choirs, Twin Rivers School; March 14 to 17, NIAA Vocal and Instrumental Eisteddfod senior choirs/bands and orchestra, Harare International School Theatre (entrance off Rivonia Road, Northwood); March 17, NIAA Eisteddfod Vocal Challenge, 6.30pm, Harare International School Theatre; Saturday March 19, NIAA Eisteddfod Final Concert, Harare International School Theatre, 6.30pm; Sunday March 20, NIAA Eisteddfod Junior Highlights Concert. Harare International School Theatre, 11am. Call NIAA on (04) 702989 or e-mail [email protected].

Friday February 26 to Monday February 29 – Leap Into the Leap Year, with the Nyanga Wine Weekend. A fun weekend for people who enjoy wine, whether for fun or seriously! Join members of the Meikles Grapevine wine club and other groups at this wonderful weekend in the mountains, being hosted at Inn On Rupurara. There are a few places left for last-minute people, so be impetuous today and make a booking: call 0737 694383.

Friday February 26 – Tribute to David Bowie. Live show featuring Alex Fairlie. 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Starts 7pm. Entry $5 for the show. Supper available from $5, bar open. Booking ESSENTIAL: please call Lollie Nel on 0772 881877. A tribute to the late David Bowie, whose repertoire was vast and varied. A must for fans and even for folk who have not yet ‘gotten into’ his music.

Friday February 26 – Karaoke evening at Reps. Reps main bar, starting at 7pm. Hosted by Adam and Cheryl Snape. Everyone’s welcome and there’s no cover charge.

Friday February 26 – Love and Hip hop: The Rebirth. The reawakening of Mellow Creme’s Love & Hip Hop Show. A platform for future superstars who embody the culture and lifestyle of contemporary hip hop. Poetry, dance, DJing, rapping, singing, graffiti and fashion. Every month is unique, each with its own theme. Look out for our inaugural festival at the end of the year. 6.30pm, Alliance Francaise Old Mutual Theatre. Entry $5.

Saturday February 27 – Eve Kawadza and Emilia Patrick in Jams and Jive with Jam Signal. When two great musicians get together with one of the most exciting bands of the moment, the result is an amazing collaboration that will get you into the groove. Join us for a night of fun and feel-good music. Advance booking available at Alliance Francaise. Showtime 7.30pm. entry $7. Old Mutual Theatre Alliance Francaise.

Saturday February 27 – Tree Society’s visit to the home of Graham Mills, off Enterprise Road. Contact 0772 438697 or (04) 862066 for directions.

Saturday February 27 – The Cresta Wedding Expo. Cresta Sango Conference Centre, Cresta Lodge, Samora Machel Avenue East, Greendale/Msasa. Open 9am to 4pm, with free entry, and everyone’s welcome. An event at which prospective couples can see what is available in the world of weddings. All participants can enter a free lucky draw with a great prize, drawn at the event. Catering available. Anyone wishing to exhibit can make contact with Leonard Nyamutsamba at [email protected] or call (04) 486213-6.

Saturday February 27 – Barry Hilton live. SA’s popular comedian back in Harare for one performance only. Reps Theatre, starting 8pm. Advance booking essential, through The Spotlight. Tickets $25.

Saturday February 27 – An Evening of Words. 6pm, Club Room, Reps Theatre. Readings, conversation and classic games in a social environment, with drinks on sale. All welcome and no entry fee.

Wednesday March 2 – Mercredis Cinema: Aya de Yopougon. Aya, a 19-year-old girl of Yopougon, a neighbourhood of Abidjan, Cote d’ivoire, prefers to remain serious and study at home rather than going out with her girlfriends, who always get into trouble. A film to enjoy. 6pm, Old Mutual Theatre Alliance Francaise.  Entry free.

Friday March 4 – Top international group Mi Casa live in Harare. The group bring their new album Home Sweet Home to Harare with a performance supported by electric Zimbabwean boy band Mokoomba and many more. Unforgettable night of music and dance.  7 Arts Theatre, Avondale. General admission $25, VIP $40. Showtime 80pm. Bookings at

Friday March 4 – Oliver Mtukudzi Live in Concert. Harare International School Theatre, 7pm. Local legend Oliver Mtukudzi will perform for one night only, with guest performers. Ticket prices $10, $15, $20 and $25, on sale now at Theo’s House of Coffees at 167 Enterprise Road, and Vanilla Moon in Avondale. WhatsApp ) 0772 772749 or 0773 365232. Food and drinks will be on sale (no alcohol permitted on school premises). Bring the whole family for a fun night with some of the best local music Zimbabwe has to offer.

Saturday March 5 – Ballroom and Latin DanceSport Competition. Italian club, Quendon Road, 6pm start. Enjoy an evening of beautiful dancing and music. Bar and catering available. Tickets: single seats: $10 per person, $5 pensioners and children under 12. Available at the door or in advance. Limited tables of eight: $15 per person. Contact:  0772 302232 or 0776 270311 or [email protected]

Sunday March 6 – HAC Peter Gradwell Marathon. Distances on offer : 42.2km, 21km,12.5km, 6km. Start and finish : Old Georgians’ Club. Start time: 6am. Registration : OGs on Friday March 4, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, and Sunday March 6, 5.15am to 5.55am. Race fees: 6, 12.5 and 21km: HAC members $5, non members $10; 42.2km: HAC members $10, non members $20. More info from Martin Webster, HAC Chairman, [email protected].

Sunday March 6 – Motor Racing. Donnybrook Raceway. The first main circuit motor race meet of the year. Qualifying starts 10am. Racing starts 11 am. Featuring the very best drivers and motorcycle riders. The final race of the day will be the Sables Grand Prix. Admission $5 per person, children under 12 free.  Bar and catering.  Entertainment for children

Sunday March 6 – Queen of Hearts Food and Craft Fair. Open from 10am to 4pm. Live music, delicious food, craft, full bar and children’s entertainment. Entry fee to be paid at the gate. Visit:

Sunday March 6 – Auditions for Harare’s Got Talent 10. 11am start, 167 Enterprise Road, Chisipite (new venue this year). All performers are invited to showcase their talent. The show will be on March 19, and is a free platform for highlighting whatever talent you have. More information from 0737 694383 or e-mail [email protected]. Applicants must try to book a space in the auditions to ensure you can get in.

Sunday March 6 – Meikles Hotel Centenary High Tea. Enjoy a classic Meikles high tea and have a talk on the hotel’s history, followed by a tour of the hotel and surrounds. Starts 3.30pm prompt. Cost: $14 per person. Advance booking essential: call (04) 707721 or e-mail [email protected]. Since this was launched in August last year scores of people have come along and enjoyed what they have described as an interesting and enjoyable experience. Suitable for all ages.

Tuesday March 8 – Luncheon to celebrate International Women’s Day. 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees, starting 12 noon. Luncheon for $15, with fun quiz, plus entertainment, art exhibition by female artists and possibly a book signing by a leading female writer. Booking in advance essential – call Lollie on 0772 881877.

Tuesday March 8 – Fun quiz night at 167. The latest in the fortnightly team quiz events at 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. No entry fee and all welcome – come along and join a team, or bring a team. Supper available at $5 and drinks on sale. Quiz host tonight will be Ingrid Howard.

Wednesday March 9 to Thursday March 24 – The Musical World of Disney. A colourful show featuring music from Disney shows. Directed by Sue Bolt and Mario Ciampi, with musical direction by Meg Mackenzie and choreography by June Cloete. Reps Theatre. Booking open at The Spotlight.

Thursday March 10 to Saturday March 19 – God Of Carnage. Theatre Upstairs at Reps. Directed by multiple-award-winning director Teri Grimmel and starring an award-winning cast. When some roughhousing between two 11-year-old boys named Benjamin and Henry erupts into real violence, Henry loses two teeth. Benjamin’s parents, Alan and Annette Raleigh (Musa Saruro and Chipo Chikara), meet with Henry’s parents, Veronica and Michael Novak (Erin Sticklen and Ryan Lawrence), to try to smooth things over. However, what starts as a polite meeting among adults descends into finger-pointing, tantrums and insults. Evening performances 7pm ($10 a ticket). Matinees on both Saturdays at 2.30pm ($5). Book at The Spotlight. Note: no under 18.

Thursday March 10 to Thursday March 24 – Festival de la Francophonie. Calendar to be advised but diarise now for this exciting annual series of events. More info from Alliance Francaise de Harare.

Friday March 11 – Porter Meets Gershwin. The March Friday night dinner show at 167 Enterprise Road, featuring Mande Snyman singing with Tony Palmer on keyboard and Mike Freeman on guitar. Great music from two of the 20th century’s finest musical geniuses. Starts 7pm. Supper and bar available. Booking in advance by calling Lollie Nel on 0772 881877. This event will be restricted to a limited number of places so that everyone can have a pleasant evening, so book early.

Saturday March 12 – Indian Arabian Evening. Be prepared to be blown away at this years Eastern Evening Experience, fusing some of India’s finest cuisine with Arabian Entertainment. Indulge your senses in a selection of Indian dishes, royal decor and captivating entertainment. Queen of Hearts Café, 1 Hurworth Road, Highlands. $45 per person. 7pm to 11pm. Tickets on sale at Queen of Hearts. Visit

Sunday March 13 - The Marden Singers’ Classical Concert of Choral and Solo Music for Passion Sunday. Arundel School Chapel, 3pm  (please be seated by 2.50pm). Special guest artistes: Shannon Guthrie (piano), Camilla Reitbauer (mezzo soprano) and David Whitaker (flute). In 2015 these young artists won  trophies and top bursaries awards for the most outstanding young soloists and musicians in Zimbabwe and in this capacity have proudly represented their country abroad. Entry $5 (students free). Refreshments will be served after the concert.

Monday March 14 – Monthly restaurateurs and hoteliers luncheon. For all owners/managers of restaurants, hotels, coffee shops, bars, lodges and the like. A great networking and social platform. If you are not on the mailing list for this, e-mail [email protected]

Thursday March 17 – St Patrick’s Dinner. After the success of the Burns Night event at 167 Enterprise Road, now it’s time to enjoy all things Irish, on the very day that St Paddy’s Day is celebrated across the world.  Themed supper with music by the resident Kathleen, tastings of whiskey (yes, whiskey and not whisky!) and beer … and maybe some Irish Cream. Book by e-mailing [email protected] or by calling Lollie on 0772 881877.

Friday March 18 – Annual General Meeting and March Lunch of the Advertising and Publicity Club. 12 noon. For all members, with guests welcome to the lunch (venue – Shangri-la Restaurant). If you are in PR, marketing, advertising, sales, research, printing, publishing, broadcasting, journalism, e-communication and related fields, you should be a member of this club, which has been running since 1963 and is a great networking platform. Contact [email protected].

Friday March 18 – Quiz night at Wingate Golf Club. 7pm. Teams of up to 8 – $10 per person.  Proceeds to VAWZ animal welfare. $5 for fish and chips or chicken salad. More info from [email protected].


Saturday March 19 – Harare’s Got Talent 10. The latest in this series of annual showcases for local talent – singers, dancers, comedians … any performance talent! 7pm, 167 Enterprise Road (new venue this year). Entry $5.


Saturday March 19 and Sunday March 20 – Combined Phoenix and Harare Male Voice Choirs’ pre-South Africa tour concert. Loyola Hall, St George’s College. 3pm each day. Entry $10,  pensioners $8. Tickets available from March 12 from any choir member, or from Autoworld, Chisipite (Judy 0712 631488) or  Veldemeer’s Belgian Chocolates, Arundel Village (Lorna Scholtz – Tel. (04) 301989). More info from Paul 0772 469110; Clive 0772 338067; Hilary 0772 245072 ; Pauline 0772 393278


Tuesday March 23 – Fun musical quiz at 167. It’s the latest in the fortnightly quiz events at 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Tonight’s event is a wonderful musical one hosted by Tony Palmer. Dinner available at $5, and drinks on sale. No entry fee. Come along with a team or join in a team – everyone’s welcome to this event, where the accent is on fun.


Sunday March 27 – Family Day at 167. Celebrate Easter with the whole family .. .eggs, treasure hunts, brunch and lunch, music and fun activities Diarise now and more information in due course.


Sunday march 27 – Meikles Hotel Centenary High Tea. Another of the afternoons of leisure and history, with a sumptuous Meikles high tea, followed by a history talk (the hotel has just turned 100 years!) and then a tour of the hotel and surrounds, ending with a glass of bubbly. This is the Easter edition and has an Easter treat! Advance booking essential: contact [email protected]. The cost is $14 per person, and all ages are welcome.


Thursday March 31 to Monday April 4 – Lomagundi College Zambezi River Ride 2016. This mountain bike event is the first of its kind in the Zambezi Valley and has been planned in partnership with National Parks. All proceeds from this event are to be directed directly towards the development of C Camp into a permanent base for anti-poaching activities, as well as to directly assisting Parks in their anti- poaching efforts in the Hurungwe area. Download registration forms from  (available on both Lomagundi College Primary School and Lomagundi College pages). E-mail filled-in forms to: [email protected] for registration.


Tuesday April 5 – Fun quiz night at 167 Enterprise Road. The latest in the fortnightly quiz series. It’s all about fun and it’s for teams. Come and join in a team or bring a team along. Supper available from $6, bar open. Come at 6pm to 6.15pm. Quiz starts 6.45pm promptly. Call 0772 881877 to book a table. 167 is also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Suitable for all ages.


Saturday April 9 – the 2015 DStv Ngoma Awards ceremony. A glittering dinner for the advertising communications industry. Sponsored by MultiChoice Zimbabwe. Venue: Cresta Sango. More details and bookings: Judy Macdonald, call (04) 870306 or e-mail [email protected]


Thursday April 14 – the 2016 Advertising and Publicity Club Suppliers Expo. A trade exhibition aimed, and including, at people in advertising, marketing, public relations, printing and publishing, research, event management, broadcasting and journalism, e-communication and related fields. Booking open now for stands: $60, or $45 for members of the APC. Expo runs 9am to 3pm. More details to be released soon. Enquiries and early bookings: contact [email protected]


Tuesday April 19 – The Jumpstart Business Conference. Professor Malcolm McDonald will be hosted by the Marketers’ Association of Zimbabwe at this conference aimed at CEOs/ MDs/ GMs and other non-marketing directors. Venue Rainbow Towers. A one-day event with the theme Meeting the marketing/finance boardroom challenge: how to create a strategy that creates shareholder value. Professor McDonald was listed as one of the UK’s top 10 business consultants by The Times. He has written more than 45 books on the subject of marketing, including the best-seller Marketing Plans: how to prepare them, how to use them. An investment cost of $250 per person. If you book for four directors or more, you will obtain a 10 percent discount. For details and bookings, contact Loreen Chari, [email protected] or 0772 454767. Starts 8.30am.


Friday April 22 to Sunday April 24 – The Shakespeare Weekend. 167 Enterprise Road is the venue for a weekend commemorating The Bard on the 400th anniversary of his passing. A musical show, along with a fun presentation and a screening of movies that are set books at O and A levels, and in other examination curricula. Diarise now and wait for more details. There will be something for everyone at this super weekend of commemoration and entertainment.


Tuesday April 26 to Saturday April 30 – Zimbabwe International Trade Fair 2016. Theme: innovate, integrate, industrialise. Business conference April 27, charity golf challenge April 28, public days April 29 and 30.


Tuesday April 26 to Saturday April 30 – A’Sambeni Africa Business Tourism Expo. ZITF and the ZTA inviting travel and tourism organisations to be at A’Sambeni at the ZITF in Bulawayo. This is Zimbabwe’s second biggest tourism showcase and runs concurrently with the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair. This show has been re-positioned to focus on the fast-growing meetings, incentives, conferences and events area of tourism. The fair will be of special interest to meeting venues, accommodation facilities, destination management companies, exhibition management companies, event management companies, professional conference organisers, tourism authorities and information bureaus, event suppliers and technology providers. Visitors to the show will include travel decision makers, incentive houses, potential investors, business travellers, conference organisers and destination management companies. Contact Sheona Pedzapasi at the ZTA’s National Convention Bureau, e-mail [email protected] or call (04) 758712.


Sunday May 8 – Celebrity Subscription Concerts’ next recital – the plan is to host pianist Ammiel Bushekevitz. Approvals awaited and full details to come, but diarise now.


Saturday June 4 – Zimbabwe Music Teachers’ Society annual concert. 3pm, Arundel School Chapel. More details in due course but diarise the date now.


Sunday June 12 – Celebrity Subscription Concerts’ pre-Bulawayo Music Festival recital. Diarise now and await full details.


Wednesday June 15 to Sunday June 19 – The Bulawayo Music Festival. Back after a four-year break. Musicians will include Nokuthula Ngwenyama (violin), Theo Bross (cello), the Odeion Quartet, Leslie Howard (piano) and Coady Green (piano). More information from [email protected]


Thursday June 16 to Saturday June 18 – Sanganai/Hlanganani/World Tourism Expo. The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority hosts the ninth annual edition of this event, to be held this year in the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair grounds, Bulawayo, using Halls 3 and 4. The relocation of Sanganai/Hlanganani/World Tourism Expo to the city of Bulawayo has been done to stimulate the development and growth of tourism in regions across the country. Sanganai/Hlanganani is one of Africa’s premier tourism showcases, aimed at bringing international buyers and exhibitors under one roof. Details can be sourced from the Executive Director, National Convention Bureau, call (04) 770409 or e-mail [email protected]. Alternatively, contact the exhibition team: [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected]


Sunday July 3 – 2016 Borrowdale Craft Fair. Old Georgians’ Club. Booking for exhibitors now open. Contact us as 256 Herbert Chitepo Avenue, corner 5th Street. Office open between 8am and 2pm Mon-Fri. E-mail [email protected]


Friday September 23 to Sunday September 25 – The 2016 Zimbabwe Motor Show. Venue: Old Georgians Sports Club. Previous exhibitors have first option on their exhibition stands and new exhibitors are welcome. Visit Facebook/ZimbabweMotorShow. Enquiries and bookings to Gabriel Ettlin, event organiser, tel. 0774 336376.


Sunday brunch in the luxury of the five-star Meikles Hotel. Enjoy a delightful buffet breakfast in the newly-refashioned Pavilion Bistro, a bright and breezy restaurant overlooking the hotel’s own rooftop garden across to colourful Africa Unity Square. Adults $25, youngsters $15, under-threes free. 9am to 1pm every Sunday. Reservations by contacting [email protected] or calling Salma Phillips on (04) 707721.

 Celebrity Subscription Concerts is back in action and everyone is invited to join, and enjoy superb performances by invited international classical music performers. Scheduled performances being arranged: May 8 and June 12, plus four others later in the year. The membership officer is Veronique Wakerley. Subs for 2016: Red Carpet (all recitals during the year, plus after-recital receptions) – $100 per person or $180 per couple. Ordinary members: (four recitals, plus discount for remaining recitals) – $40 per person or $70 per couple.


Some helpful information about school terms in 2016: First term, which started on Tuesday January 12, End: Wednesday March 23.  Second term – Start: Tuesday May 3, End: Thursday August 4, half term: June 17 to 20. Public Holidays: Africa Day, May 25. Third term: Start Tuesday September 6, End: Thursday December 8, half term: October 14 to 17. First term 2017 starts Tuesday January 10. Thank you to Paula Blackburn of St George’s College for assistance with this useful information.


February fun at Cresta Jameson Hotel in the heart of bustling Harare: stay Fri to Sun for only $60 per person or $80 per couple. Happy hour Mon, Tues, Thurs 5pm to 6pm – 50 percent off selected beers. Quiz night each Weds with prizes. Conference package for as little as $15 per person. Music events: DJ Xeno Feb 25; Victor Kunonga live Feb 20 and 27. Alexio Kawara live Feb 19. Too Open and Good Fellaz band live Feb 26. Book through [email protected].


Enjoy Lake Kariba on a luxurious passenger ship, the Zambezi Trader. An adventure of relaxation on tailor-made cruises, with flexible packages for any group event, be it church, family, corporate or school. Visit us at 78 Churchill Avenue, Alexandra Park or call us on (04) 744114/152 or 0782 300388 or 0772 967787.

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