Both fans and organisers say if festivals are to be organised in a manner the 2018 Tumaini Festival was organised they would be able to command a lot of respect which will eventually result in such festivals attracting massive crowds.
Tumaini Arts Festival founder Menes La Plume in an interview on Tuesday said the festival, held at Dzaleka Refugee Camp from 2nd to 3rd November 2018 was a great success.
"The festival managed to attract over 30,000 people from all walks of life. This was the first time for such a festival to attract such a multitude of fanbase. We therefore thank everyone who helped to make the festival a success," said La Plume.
A rich line up of artists such as Patience Namadingo, Erik Paliani,Great Angels Choir, Theo Thomson, Nepman, CO, Thoko Katimba, Agoroso, The Daughters Band,The Wailing Brothers, Ammahoro Drummers and Annemarie Quinn complemented superbly the well organised festival.
According to La Plume, the event is aimed at promoting unity among people from diverse backgrounds.
"Tumaini festival aims at bringing joy and hope to refugees and also to promotes the talents of refugees and the camp itself as a place of unity, peace, co existence and harmony. Tumaini is a swahili word meaning 'Hope',"said La Plume.
VJ Tomwes from France in the thick of things
Inaddition, La Plume announced that next year's festival will be held on 1 and 2 November 2019. The Tumaini festival was founded in 2014. The previous four editions have seen over 24,000 people attending the event and 153 performers from Malawi, Rwanda, DRC, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Japan, Brazil, Mozambique, South Korea and Belgium among others.
According to La Plume, this year's event attracted over 70 acts who performed on 5 different performances areas such as music, poetry, acrobatics, and theatre, among others. A fan who attended the event Kenneth Luciano said the event was a must watch with no reported cases of violence and some inconveniences.
"All invited artists were there. There were no excuses given for absence of some artists. It was well organised, let other organisers emulate such event organising acumen,"he said.