Tumaini festival founder launches fund raising campaign

Tumaini festival founder and poet Menes La Plume has  launched a fundraiser aiming at raising 7,000 Euros and 15,000 Euros for Tumaini festival and organization respectively.

Menes at the fundraiser.-photo by Ras Peter Kasengwa
Poet Marumbo.-photo by Ras Peter Kasengwa
The audience at the fundraiser .-photo by Ras Peter Kasengwa

This year’s Tumaini festival is scheduled to take place from 1 to 2 November at Dzaleka Refugee Camp.

Speaking on Friday  at a cocktail party at Orchid, Area 12,  Menes La Plume expressed confidence to raise the said amounts, saying Tumaini has a huge international support.

“We are going to raise it because we have international support and we have been raising such amounts every year since the since the beginning of Tumaini,” he said.

Menes La Plume was quick to point out that the funds will be used to organize this year’s festival and fund Tumaini organization activities at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa.

“Apart from the festival, we also have so many programs that we run at Dzaleka Refugee Camp. We have a entrepreurship and innovative program as well creative education programs to empower refugees at Dzaleka Refugee Camp and surrounding communities,” he highlighted.

According to Menes La Plume, the 6th edition of Tumaini Festival will see Malawian artists sharing the stage with artists from the USA, Africa and Europe.

He revealed that the first list of artists performing at Tumaini Festival 2019 will be released on Monday, 16 September.

“Apart from established artists, we will also have new artists because Tumaini is a festival of Discovery. We like to discover new talents and give them a platform to shine,” he boasted.

The Tumaini cocktail party was organized to raise awareness and funding for the festival.

“Our strategy is to organize more events before the festival because things are economically tough at the moment. We have approached different organizations and companies to sponsor us. It hasn’t been easy,” Menes explained.

Some of the activities at the fund raising cocktail party included Poetry by Chris Msosa, Marumbo Chisinga and music by Galang’ombe Boys.

Commenting on Tumaini and Sand festival happening on the same dates, Menes accused Sand festival organizers for not respecting festival dates as assigned by government in the events calendar.

“Our Sand festival colleagues did not respect festival dates. We are confident enough that we are going to attract more that 50, 000 people. We have so much support and it will be amazing.

 

“And also Tumaini is for free. We don’t sale tickets. We are very safe.”

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