This year’s Lake of Stars Festival held on the shores of Lake Malawi, the festival that thrives on a spirit of unity, which took place from Friday to Sunday, is the biggest in the event’s 11-year history, organisers said today.
Malawi is known as the “warm heart of Africa”, and the life-affirming Lake of Stars offers a fascinating opportunity to experience the musical pulse of this inspiring country.
In a statement released by Lake of Stars festival founder and director Will Jameson said this year’s event attracted more people than the previous festivals.
“The festival’s over 70 acts from Malawi, Scotland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya, South Africa and Ghana performed in front of more than 4,000 people – our biggest audience to date. We also sold the most tickets in the Lake of Stars project’s 11 year history,” said Jameson.
Sunday night Lake of Stars closed its 2014 festival with a strong line-up of local and international acts including Malawi’s Lawi and Agorosso alongside South Africa’s Christian Tiger School and John Wizards, with festival favourite DJ Goldierocks (UK) closing out the three-day event.
“Some of the weekend’s highlights included our amazing South African line-up with festival headliners Mafikizolo and Reason setting the bar high with their sets on DHL Main Stage Friday night. Zimbabwe’s own, Selmor Mtukudzi (daughter of Oliver Mtukudzi) also lit up the TNM Beach Stage with a beautiful set that lived up to her family’s legendary musical talents. We continued to build on the connections between Scotland and Malawi by hosting 12 creatives from Scotland who were kept busy during the weekend by hosting industry workshops, performing and joining the community outreach activities including the local soccer match.”
“The rich local music talent was on display this year with up-and-coming artists such as George Kalukusha and Adrian sharing the stage with festival legends including Sally Nyundo, the Black Missionaries and Body, Mind and Soul,” said Will.
Lake of Stars has quickly become Malawi’s number one tourist event of the year. It was set up in order to elevate tourism and raise money for the country’s developing economy.
Aside from the event’s economic aims, Lake of Stars also seeks to expose Malawian artists to an international audience.