Nanzikambe Arts celebrates Malawian female artists

Blantyre-based Nanzikambe Arts will this month hold an arts festival which is expected to feature female artists drawn from some townships in the city.

The one-day extravaganza, the second fest this year, is scheduled to take place on 24 November at Nanzikambe Arts in New Naperi, Blantyre, from 12:00pm.

According to a statement made available to Nyasa Times, the arts carnival, which will be making a difference, has been organised to celebrate female artists in the country.

The Act Now Network Project, funded by OSISA, has been running this year – developing a network of women’s drama groups in Blantyre and as indicated in the statement, the festival aims to showcase the hidden talents of Malawian women.

Women celebrating their talent. Photo courtesy of Nanzikambe Arts.

“The day is a full-scale celebration of women in the arts, with performers from all disciplines; singers, musicians, poets, dancers, painters, photographers and fashion designers – every one of them a woman,” reads part of the statement.

The women performers will come from Manja, Chimwankhunda, Misesa and Namiyango, along with another group formed of female inmates from Chichiri Prison.

“This event is our way of showing what women in Malawi can do, even though they are not given the same opportunities as men to develop their skills,” says event organiser, Verepi Madise, a Nanzikambe Arts employee.

Madise adds: “Arts is a field that is dominated by men so we are using this day exclusively for women to be given the chance to celebrate their talent and reach new audiences.”

One of its kind in the country, the day-long family event with different performances from each of the five women’s clubs and professional acts will also see the likes of Beatrice Kamwendo, Eunice [Kadzuwa], Dance for Life, Nancy Phiri and many more performing.

There will be a Kids Corner to keep the little ones entertained and a Food Court for refreshments.

Nanzikambe Arts is a pioneering force in Malawi; using theatre and the arts to address social and human development issues with great success. The group has made productions that have been showcased outside the country.

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