Introducing Malawi’s newest cultural festival: The City of Stars

Malawi will be blowing up in September
Malawi will be blowing up in September

At the beginning of the year I did a list of cultural events to consider to attend in 2013 if you can. Several of these events have already happened with Burkina Faso Pan African Film Festival Fespaco happening in February and Zimbabwe’s Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) at the beginning of this month.

One of the events that I had mentioned was the Lake of Stars festival which happens in Malawi. I was informed of its existence because Kenyan artist Dan Aceda was one of the performers at the festival last year. Since 2004 the Lake of Stars project has staged an award-winning festival on the shores of Lake Malawi, alongside other events in the UK and across the globe. The project has reached more than 200 million people through international and local media coverage.

The ten year festival now has something new to offer. The organising committee inform us that there shall now be the City of Stars. The City of Stars will be a brand new city-based festival and arts conference in Lilongwe, Malawi from 27 to 28 September 2013. It will be showcasing the best in emerging and acclaimed talent from Malawi and beyond.

This includes live music, film, theatre, literature, exhibitions and speakers, it will promote Malawian culture and creativity as well as attracting international artists and arts practitioners.

The festival has secured funding from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi’s Latitude 13 hotel and Scotland’s David Livingstone 200 Fund.

So all you lovers of the creative arts can put this event on your calendar for September. Send us pictures from there if you go hey? Those in the creative business – yes you artist – can also get to show your stuff here. Talk to the organisers. And good luck.