The Zimbabwean Music Festival is an annual celebration of Zimbabwean music and culture. A fun-filled three-day weekend of concerts, workshops, community conversations, a marketplace and more, Zimfest is the largest annual gathering in North America of students, teachers, performers, and fans of Zimbabwean music. More...
Zimfest 2014 will take place July 24–27 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
Zimfest 2013 returned to the beautiful campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington on June 27–30. The 22nd annual Zimbabwean Music Festival, themed “One world, many voices,” celebrated not only the diversity within our community but the bond that we all share in our love of Zimbabwean music and culture.
We were excited about the Zimfest debuts this year of Nhapitapi Mbira, a Toronto-based Zimbabwean trio consisting of Evelyn Mukwedeya, Moyo Rainos Mutamba, and Memory Makuri; and Jona Masiya, a ngoma specialist resident in Virginia. Additionally, after an absence of several years, we welcomed back Cosmas Magaya, Lucky Moyo and Michael Sibanda. We were also pleased to welcome Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa, Jacob Mafuleni and Martha Thom, and Paul Mataruse.
Festival news & web site changes
October 24 Zimfest 2014 will take place July 24-27 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
October 24 The Zimfest Association board of directors has set up the Zimfest Association Blog. The board will use the blog to communicate with Zimfest membership and participants. Regular updates will include monthly synopses of the board meetings, activities being undertaken by the board, general updates on strategy, calls for help, etc. In addition, the Zimfest organizing committee will use this blog to provide updates on the organization of the annual festival. The board also hopes the blog becomes a mechanism for a rich dialog between the board and Zimfest participants.
May 3 We are excited to announce that online registration is now open. You may now visit the Zimfest 2013 website, create an account (if you haven't already), add a participant, and begin the process of selecting workshops, housing, meals and concerts.
February 6, 2013 The Zimfest 2013 website is now live and the teacher and performer applications are available at 2013.zimfest.org. Applications to teach workshops are due by March 1. Performer applications are due by March 15.
November 27, 2012 Zimfest 2013 will be held June 27–30 in Tacoma, Washington, USA, on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University.
June 9 Zimfest 2012 registration is open!
January 15 Applications to teach workshops or perform at Zimfest 2012 are now available. The deadline to apply is February 17th.
January 8, 2012 The Zimfest 2012 website goes live! Applications will open very soon for teachers and performers.
August 15, 2011 Zimfest 2012 will be held August 2–5 in Moscow, Idaho, USA, on the campus of the University of Idaho.
August 15 Zimfest 2011 was fantastic (as always)! The Zimfest 2011 Participant Survey is now online. Your feedback is appreciated and helps the Zimfest Association Board and next year's festival organizing committee improve the festival.
May 19, 2011 Zimfest 2011 registration is open! The Zimfest 2011 Registration Guide is now available online with complete festival details. This year we have 20 Zimbabwean guests, over 40 teachers, over 150 workshops, concerts, African market, & more! Featuring a diverse set of workshops, please register for more than one, support the teachers, and keep Zimfest growing another 20 years.
December 13, 2010 Applications to teach workshops or perform at Zimfest 2011 are now available. The deadline to apply is February 1st.
November 30 It is with great pleasure that the Zimfest 2011 Planning Committee is able to announce Zimfest 2011! Please mark your calendars now: August 11 - 14, 2011, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.
August 18, 2010 We’ve become a membership organization. Find out more and please join us on the Membership web page.
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