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Published on February 10th, 2019 | by Roy Kafoteka


Lake of Stars Festival Malawi’s Crowd Pleaser

Malawi’s biggest international music and arts events, Lake of Stars Festival is an annual three-day international festival held on the shores of Lake Malawi. Over the years the event has grown popularly, attracting tourists and visitors from various locations to the Warm Heart of Africa, bringing Malawi’s exposure to the limelight for its ever green landscapes, scenery and of course arts and culture, becoming a tourist destination for a place of gathering for fun and enjoyment with friends and family.

Lake of Stars, which has grown from humble beginnings, being celebrated at Mangochi, across the shores of Lake Malawi has welcomed over 3000 people from across Malawi and around the world, growing to become an internationally respected event, garnering accolades and media exposure from platforms such as CNN, BBC, Sky News, the Mail & Guardian, Lonely Planet and Time Out Magazine.

Some performance and acts at the festival are; music, poetry, theater, visual art, dance, among others. In the three day event it also includes parts of a fashion show, poetry workshops, technology tents, crafts markets, children’s choirs and a beach-side art gallery. From time to time, along with local acts giving performances at the festival the event has as well managed to rope in international acts from different countries including, Mafikizolo (SA), Toya Delazy (SA), Ric Hassani (Nigeria), Zeus (Botswana) and so recently Sauti Sol (Kenya) and Major Lazer (USA) just to name a few.

Over the course of the years, Lake of Stars (LoS) team have also supported many other events and projects around Malawi. The A4A Community Concert took place in September (2017) with joint support from Lake of Stars, The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the Ministry of Youth. Children’s Future Festival (CFF) a one day event which took place in June (2017) featuring science and art zones, Tech Tent and Book Corner hosted by National Library – this helped managed the festival to generate over $500 million in media coverage.

LoS therefore has proven to be a maximum and premium tourist attraction. Developing the Malawian arts and culture by allowing local acts to showcase their talent and gaining exposure with welcoming visitors from around the world.

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