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Lake of Stars 15th Anniversary returns with new venue and dates

Written by  Mirriam Kaliza

After a year’s break, Malawi’s biggest international arts event; the Lake of Stars Festival, is returning to the Central region for its 15th anniversary celebrations.

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March


The 3-day show will this year take place in a new location at Leopards Bay, Lifuwa Salima.


Organisers said the Festival which was recently voted one of the World’s Best in the Fest300 Awards, is being held from September 28 to September 30, at the newly constructed, Malawi-owned Kabumba Hotel Resort, situated at the foot of Senga Hills in Salima.

 

Lake of Stars Director, Will Jameson explained that over the last 15 years, the festival has brought a unique blend of local and international talent to all the 3 regions of Malawi; boosting tourism across the country and generating revenue for the economy.

 

“I’m delighted to be returning to the Central region and working with a new venue partner in 2018.”

 

“Lake of Stars is known for breaking new ground in Malawi; so it’s fitting that for our 15th anniversary celebrations year, we are offering something new and exciting for our loyal audience,” said Jameson.


Jameson further observed that “When I started the festival I always planned to move around the country so that different areas of Malawi could benefit from the boost in tourism, social outreach and economic benefits that the festival brings”.


He boasted that he was excited to celebrate the special anniversary at Kabumba Hotel; a stunning new site with over a kilometre of beach front, a tranquil wooded hillside and excellent facilities.


“It’s also only around 125 kilometres from Lilongwe; making it accessible from people all around the country and international visitors to come and celebrate with us,” beamed Jameson.


He stated that patrons to the event should expect an exciting programme of local and international music and arts; set on a wide expanse of rolling golden sands backed by a lush tree-covered hillside.


Early Malawian artist bookings for this year’s festival include current hot female artist Kim of Diamonds, who will be making her debut at Lake of Stars following her successful set at the recent Set It Off event in Zomba.

She’ll be joined by Madalitso Banda who impressed crowds at Tanzania’s Sauti Za Busura festival in 2017.


Other artists include George Kalukusha, who has recently returned to Malawi after a stint honing his musical craft in South Africa; and the Forus Dance Crew who have been wowing audiences with their jaw-dropping routines.


Alongside these will be Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit, who will be upping things up with their five-piece Indie rock sounds, and poetry from charismatic Scottish wordsmith Michael Pedersen.


According to the organisers, more artists will be announced in the coming months spanning music, poetry, theatre, dance.


They have also announced that artists can apply to perform at the festival.


Among others, Lake of Stars’ will also be engaging communities within which it operates; an Outreach Programme will be established for this year, working closely with the owner of Kabumba Hotel, Mganda Chiume, and local community leaders.

Lake of Stars, which has grown from humble beginnings attracting only a few hundred visitors, has grown to become an internationally respected event, garnering accolades from CNN, BBC, the Mail & Guardian, Lonely Planet and Time Out Magazine.


Past outreach successes have included hosting a Day of Ideas to inspire and motivate local school pupils, organizing community sports matches, staging free concerts for the local village, recycling wood from the festival into school desks and benches and donating mattresses and sheets to Kamuzu Central Hospital.

 

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