Solomonic, BAF in German-Malawian Experts Exchange Forum

One of the country’s English theatre groups, Solomonic Peacocks and Blantyre Arts Festival (BAF) have left the country for German-Malawian Experts Exchange forum organized by the Schauspiel Hannover.

The forum taking place from 10th to 15th of July 2012 in Hannover, German, and supported by the Church Development Service EED is a preparation of International School Theatre-Festival “Fair Culture – The world of tomorrow”.

World of tomorrow

According to a communiqué from the organizers, which Nyasa Timeshas sourced, Solomonic and BAF are in German to represent the country’s theatre sector.

Action: Solomonic on stage

“Experts in theatre and school theatre meet to prepare our International School Theatre-Festival ‘Fair Culture – The world of tomorrow’ which will take place from 14th to 18th of June in 2013. Blantyre as a twin city of Hannover plays an important role in this coming festival of culture and sustainability.

“As a member of the theatre teachers association of Malawi, you are expected to represent the work of your country and share your experiences of theatre work with a group of German specialists in different institutions, associations and theatre projects during that exchange programme,” reads the communiqué signed by Lars Ole Walburg.

It further discloses that apart from the Expert Exchange programme, Schauspiel Hannover will continue the long time cooperation with Blantyre in the European Project “Aware and fair” and develop it especially on the field of Culture and communication.

Window of Opportunity

And in an interview, Solomonic’s Director, Macarthur Matukuta described the forum as window of opportunity for Malawi theatre.

“There is a potential of cultural exchange, which could highly benefit local artists since German is advanced country, we can learn more on how we can develop our theatre industry thereby putting Malawi on the map,” Matukuta said.

He said the Expert Exchange programme will gravely help the school theatre such as Association of Teaching English in Malawi (ATEM) drama competition, which acts as launch-pad for aspiring actors and actresses.

“Under the current meeting, we expect to dwell more on school theatre, which in our position as Malawi, is still not developed and needs much support from all sectors. And through such forums, we can learn on how to improve drama in schools and tap on two or three things on how to advance inter-school drama competitions,” he added.

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