The ongoing Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) has been in the past criticised for being elitist and providing little value to local artists. But, in this edition, several local artists have teamed up with international acts in various collaborative initiatives. In the past two decades, contemporary art has undergone a social and collaborative ‘turn’ as a result of the influencing nature of digital and new media, developments which have shattered boundaries and opened up the process of creation and networking. This means that the focus of many artists has shifted away from mere production of art to creative facilitation of social relations, dialogue, and collaboration. Local artists have greatly benefited from the synergies offered through participation at the…