blog


HIFA 2018:
AN EXPERIENCE WITH FUNCTIONAL ART 

by samanscoAugust 9, 2018

The Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) is a 6-day annual festival and workshop programme that showcases the very best of local, regional and international arts and culture in a comprehensive festival programme. The event takes place in Zimbabwe’s sunny capital – Harare and showcases theatre, dance, music, street performance, fashion, spoken word and visual art. At Samansco, we give support to like-minded organizations with long-term visions that aim to have a lasting and sustainable impact. We recently had the fortunate pleasure of collaborating with Lynde Francis Trust (LFT), one such organisation with a grand mission and vision, at HIFA 2018. LFT works with groups of artists to support large numbers of orphaned or otherwise disadvantaged children. The artists work with the children to create works of art which are sold to stakeholders for the purposes of funding the children’s futures. Through their methods, LFT has found an unorthodox approach that helps many young children realize their life dreams and ambitions as well as finance their education.

At HIFA 2018, the goal was to use recycled material in conjunction with solar technology, to bring designs thought up by various children to life. Designs varied from cars, a giant “rasta boxer,” giant flowers and violins. The functionality aspect came in the form of solar technology which we incorporated into the art. The cars were aesthetically appealing creations designed to be outdoor seating for event patrons throughout the course of HIFA. We equipped the cars with solar lights, which made them functional in the nighttime. The cars were stationed across the HIFA venue, as well as inside the VIP area appropriately named “the Green Room.” A violin made by a young girl, components consisting of scrap metal and recycled tubes from a nearby hospital, functioned as a well-engineered night-light after we incorporated a solar light on the inside. The very popular giant boxer and flowers functioned as nighttime lights stationed around the venue. Additionally, theses designs functioned as mobile phone charging stations for people to use free of charge!

Each of the various designs were equipped with our Schneider Mobiya solar powered lights that can last for up to 48 hours on a full charge. The designs were immensely popular at HIFA, with patrons particularly inspired by the backstory that each design held. Working with LFT was an overall fun and fulfilling project for everyone involved. The Samansco team got to meet and collaborate with the young designers, making sure the finished product lived up to their great expectations. We are truly looking forwarding to working with LFT again in the near future.