Ahead of the main event in September, the Lake of Stars (LoS) will be holding events in Mzuzu and Lilongwe later this month to officially launch the 2015 festival.
Both events will feature an eclectic mix of acoustic music and poetry. Another Lake of Stars launch event will follow in Blantyre in May.
Taking place on Friday 24 April from 6pm-10pm at the Coffee Den in the heart of the city, the Mzuzu line up includes recent MUMA award winner Danny Kalima aka Sirius and Body, Mind & Soul.
According to a statement, the event coincides with a visit to Mzuzu University by LoS founder Will Jameson.
Jameson has been invited to deliver a guest lecture to the university’s Tourism and Hospitality students on the value and potential of event tourism.
The Lilongwe launch will happen a day later on Saturday 25 April on the stunning first floor roof top Afroma Terrace Bar of Malawi’s only five star hotel, the President Walmont Hotel.
The launch in the capital city will see established favourites Lulu and Q Malewezi performing at the event alongside up-and-coming artist Menes La Plume and contemporary dancer Tron.
“The event will run from 4.00pm-7.30pm so that guests can enjoy the sunset over the city while taking in music and poetry in the smart new surroundings of the terrace,” reads part of the statement.
For Lilongwe fans, the event should be the perfect warm up show for the “LaughGate” stand up comedy night featuring Daliso Chaponda which will be taking place next door at the Bingu International Conference Centre later the same night, organized by Malewezi’s Qoncept Creative and Laughrica Productions.
This year’s LoS is slated for 25-27 September at the Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in the lakeshore district of Mangochi.
The next batch of the 2015 festival tickets will go on sale to coincide with the launch events.
Three day ‘Early Bird’ festival tickets will be available to purchase for a limited time period only, offering festival goers the chance to purchase a ticket for a discounted rate of K22,000, a saving of over K10,000 on full price three day tickets.
The current lineup for the festival includes Gwamba, Lulu, Danny Kalima, Menes La Plume and George Kalukusha plus international talent from 2014 UK Mercury Prize award winners Young Fathers and Nigerian artist Ric Hassani, with more acts expected to be announced throughout the next months.
An application process is currently open for up-and-coming talent wanting to apply to be part of the festival, which according to the organisers has already attracted many submissions from across the country.
The closing date to be considered is April 24. Those interested in applying should visit the Lake of Stars website and follow the instructions listed on there.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :