The Book Cafe began in 1997 and was one of the top cultural venues in Zimbabwe. Over the years it helped launch the musical careers of many famous African artists. It was a place where locals and foreigners alike gathered to watch live music, poetry, and dance performances. In late 2014, the original founder and Creative Director, Paul Brickhell, passed away. The group struggled to pay the bills and ultimately, closed their doors in 2015.
Though the venue is closed, it's spirit lives on. The non-profit organization now hosts concerts, discussions, and other pop-up events around the city. Check their Facebook page for updates if you're interested in live music, poetry and cultural events during your stay in Harare.