Over 2500 guests enjoyed a jam-packed day of activities in the beautifully decorated gardens of Sunbird Capital Hotel, which had something for children and young people of all ages to participate in.
The Children’s Future Festival is part of the year-round calendar of activity delivered by the Lake of Stars Project; the Flagship Lake of Stars Festival will take place at Chintheche Inn on the northern shores of Lake Malawi from September 30 – October 2, 2016.
Highlights of the second edition of the Children’s Future Festival included a live performance from Tay Grin which saw an excited crowd singing along to his current hit Chipapapa .
And the star was joined on stage by British High Commissioner Michael Nevin and his wife Sawako Nevin for a rendition of their song for girls education, Reach out (4 Ur Dreams).
Dance classes bursting at the seams with children learning new moves; plastic rockets being built and launched in the science tent; jaw-dropping moves from the Kufewa Acrobats troupe and thought-provoking poetry on the theme of protecting people with albinism from popular poet Robert Chiwamba.
Children also exercised their right to play with the three jumping castles and soft play equipment getting full use, and scores of happy children with creatively painted faces.
Children’s Future Festival organiser Fran Jameson said: “We are delighted with the success of the event. Seeing so many smiling kids enjoying themselves is hugely motivating and I am humbled by the positive feedback we have received from those that attended. I am particularly proud that we were able to provide a safe and inclusive event that children with albinism could come along and enjoy themselves and participate like any other child.
“It is so important to invest in the next generation and I hope that the experiences that all the children and young people had on the day will provide happy, positive and inspiring memories for their future.”
Other activities included a cinema showing a selection of short children’s films; a fire engine and digger display, app development and video gaming activities from mHub, football skills with Chigoli; self-defense demonstration with Ujamaa Pamodzi, book corner from the National Library, panel discussions around the fulfilment of the President’s 10 commitments for children and youth from Timveni, painting activity with Art House Africa and theatre from the Children’s Art Club from Dzaleka Refugee Camp.
The Children’s Future Festival was supported by UNICEF Malawi and Timveni and formed part of the celebrations for the 2016 Day of the African Child.
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