Blantyre Arts Festival begins Thursday, targets promotion of young talent

By Malawi Heat

Malawi’s most celebrated arts festival –
the  Blantyre Arts Festival
– commences Thursday at the Blantyre Cultural Centre formerly French Cultural Centre in Malawi’s commercial city of Blantyre.
The festival’s executive director Thom Chibambo said the festival, which will run without Poetry Africa this year, will officially be opened by Tourism, Wildlife and Culture minister Rachael Zulu with the main activities running from Friday to Sunday. Chibambo said they will give people a lot of surprises. “This year it is going to be fantastic with such activities as traditional dances, music, theatre, acrobatics and comedies in order to bring fun and culture to people,” said Chibambo.
Chibambo, who added that this year’s festival is aimed at uplifting the youths disclosed that a number of secondary schools have been invited to participate.
“If we want to turn Malawi into tomorrow’s vibrant hub of arts, we must invest in the power and skills of the youth today,” he said. He added: “It is them who will turn Malawi into a paradise of arts.”
Last weekend, Malawi’s capital Lilongwe hosted the City of Stars where a number of activities including the award presentation ceremony of Malawi Writers Union (Mawu) took place.
Youthful Malawian writer Shadreck Chikoti carted home K500 000 after his manuscript was announced winner by chair of judges – celebrated Malawian novelist James Ng’ombe.

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