Lake of Stars organisers on Friday presented media awards to several arts journalists who have provided excellent coverage of Malawi’s top music festival recently and since its inception in 2004
The awards were presented when the organisers hosted a Media & Sponsors welcome cocktail which was attended by Minister of Tourism, Kondwani Nankhumwa.
The journalists who received awards included Kimpho Loka of Nyasa ShowBiz was recognized for “New Media”, Waliko Makhala of MBC TV for “Television Media”, Dennis Imaan “Innovation” from Giant Plus Malawi and Sam Banda for “Print Media.”
Others were Capital FM for radio, Yvonnie Sundu was the “Rising Star” from the Nation Publications and Jack McBrams from Nation Publications Limited with an award for “LOS Lifetime coverage”.
Unlike other festivals on the continent, Lake of Stars doesn’t receive funding. Instead organizers rely on sponsorship, like this year’s sponsors TNM, DHL and Malawian Airlines and the use of free equipment.
Head of Sponsorship Zilanie Nyundo hailed the “incredible support” from our local and international partners.
“For the first time, we had a DHL Main Stage, TNM beach Stage and a Malawian Airlines sponsored journalist trip to South Africa to interview our South African Headliners.”
Additional support for artist mobility was provided by sponsors Kenya Airways flights from London to Malawi, Proflight flights for Zambian headliner ZoneFam, while Malawian Airlines flew in Mafikizolo and Reason from South Africa and InterCape bus brought artists from Cape Town to Malawi.
DHL Express’ enabled the transportation of Lake of Stars’ music and lighting equipment from the UK to Malawi. The Royal Norwegian Embassy, biggest arts funder in Malawi was also a key festival sponsor.