Malawi Lake of Stars festival returns in 2014

The award-winning Lake of Stars (LOS) arts festival will be returning to the shores of Lake Malawi next summer, organizers have announced.

The festival, a gathering of Malawian and international artists as well as audiences, has been scheduled to take place from 26 to 28 September, 2014.

The event was this year taken away from the beautiful shoreline to Malawi’s capital Lilongwe and was held in September under the banner City of Stars, a two-day arts festival and conference.

“After celebrating this year with City of Stars, Lake of Stars are excited to host their 10th annual festival back on the palm-fringed shores of Africa’s third largest lake,” reads a press release made available to Nyasa Times.

Skeffa one of the  local artists named to headline the festival
Skeffa one of the local artists named to headline the festival

The organizers, however, have not disclosed the venue for the three-day fest, which was last held in 2011 at Sunbird Nkopola Beach in the eastern district of Mangochi.

They have only unveiled two of Malawi’s biggest artists that are billed to perform at the 2014 LOS, namely Peter Mawanga and Skeffa Chimoto.

According to Lake of Stars founder, Will Jameson, “the venue and further acts will be revealed in the New Year”.

Says Jameson: “Expect more incredible artists from Malawi, across Africa and the rest of the world at this year’s festival, plus an eclectic programme of music, comedy, visual arts and poetry with new additions of talks (TEDx style) and family activities”.

Meanwhile, the 2014 LOS tickets are already on sale via Gigantic at Commenting on the City of Stars, Jameson indicates that the main festival, held at Sanctuary Lodge, attracted over 2,100 people and featured more than 50 acts from Malawi, Norway, UK, Zambia, South Africa, Kenya, Sweden, Tanzania and Congo. The key City of Stars festival impact figures include 345 Malawian artists, 19 nationalities and 2,166 attendees, while 40 delegates took part in the conference.

It is said that over 3.3 million people were reached through media coverage and that US$250,000 was generated for Malawi, with US$175,000 spent directly by festival attendees, many from outside the country.

Since 2004, the LOS project has staged an award-winning festival on the shores of Lake Malawi, alongside other events in the UK and across the globe.

The project has reached more than 200 million people through international and local media coverage, and generated over US$3.25 million spent in Malawi.

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