Under this programme, Savanna Trust currently runs the Annual Protest Arts International Festival. Plans are under way to host a theatre festival. Protest Arts International Festival
Held in Harare every 3rd week of October
40 performances in 3 days by artists from around the world
3 outreach performances in High density and rural areas
Hosts a conference on arts and activism
Reaches out to 15 000 people per edition
The Protest Arts International Festival (PAIF) is a 3 day festival hosted by Savanna Trust annually in Harare, Zimbabwe. Every October, the festival brings together artists from around the world who are committed to the promotion of freedom of expression, respect for human rights and democracy, challenge oppression and advocate for a just society.

Festival Goal

To provide a platform for the promotion of alternative voices that challenge oppression and poverty, enhance free expression and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Festival objectives

Promoting freedom of creative expression
Celebrating the role of the arts in the promotion of human rights, democracy and development
Campaigning against all forms of oppression and discrimination


15 Musical Performances
10 Theatre performances
Stand Up Comedy, Poetry Challenge
Dance performances, Exhibitions and Film Screenings
Conference and Workshops
Dialogue platforms on artists’ rights
3 days of Expression, Engagement and Inspiration!