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Lake of Stars Festival - 28th - 30th Sept 2018

The Lake of Stars Festival is an internationally renowned music festival that takes place on the palm fringed shored of Lake Malawi each year. This year will mark the fifteenth year of the sensational music and arts festival. Though in 2017 the LOS festival took a break to focus on other projects, the 2016 festival saw the highest number of acts perform (over 90) and attendance rose by 4,500 from the previous year.

This year, the magic of Malawi's 'Lake of Stars' will appear again as songs, dance, culture and art travels from across the globe to perform in one of Africa's most diverse festivals. Over the three-day event, nearly a hundred acts will perform across 3 stages. At the 2015 event, there was a beach fashion show, a fringe theatre, literature workshops, a tech hub, urban art with a collaborative graffiti art expo and many more experiences.

Festival director, Will Jameson summed up the 2015 event:

It was epic. We’ve had thousands of people attend from all over Malawi, Africa and the world. We’ve had incredible performances from Gwamba and Lucius Banda through to Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers and Zimbabwe’s afro-rockers Mokoomba. This has been our best yet, with diverse acts on and off stage. Highlights have been the Burundian drummers, the Vagina Monologues Malawi and our interactive technology tent. We want to thank all the volunteers and sponsors who made this year so special. Dates for next year are out now – plan your trip and come with us to Lake Malawi."

The three day extravaganza will take place this year in a new location in Leopards Bay, Lifuwa Salima. The festival, which was recently voted one of the World’s Best in the Fest300 Awards, is being held from September 28 – September 30 at the newly constructed, Malawi-owned, Kabumba Hotel resort, situated at the foot of Senga Hills in Salima. 

Tickets will available soon here.

Check out the highlights from the 2015 festival:

More information on the Festival can be found at www.lakeofstars.org

A History of the Lake of Stars

  • 15 years of the Lake of Stars project - we have produced 12 festivals and over 100 events in the UK and Africa since starting the project in 2003. We took a break from the festival in 2012 to focus on supporting other arts projects in Malawi and sourced a state-of-the-art Funktion One sound system and Midas desk which is now being used by music charity Rhythm of Life in Lilongwe. We also run the Music of Malawi website - a comprehensive archive of Malawian artists.
  • The LOS project has promoted cultural-tourism and Malawi’s creative industries for 13 years. The Malawi government has recognised the crucial part that tourism can play in the country’s economy.
  • The project has exposed over 600 million people to Malawi through its media coverage, notably on global networks (BBC, CNN, MTV) and online.
  • It has been contributing to the development of tourism and the arts in Malawi since 2003 and is estimated to have generated over $4.7 million spend in Malawi.
  • The festival provides a positive story for Malawi and Africa, and its key role in countering prevailing negative media messages about the continent is recognised through Lake of Stars being asked by Comic Relief to join their See Africa Differently advisory group.
  • Will Jameson first visited Malawi for six months in 1998 when he worked in Dwangwa as a volunteer with the Wildlife Society. During that time he travelled to Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique. On returning to England Will took back with him a souvenir – an empty carton of ‘Chibuku Shake Shake’ beer. Halfway through university at Liverpool John Moores he decided to start a club night with friends Damo Jones, Charlene McDaid and Rich McGinnis. They named the night after the Malawian beer and went on to win Best UK Club in the Mixmag Awards in 2004. The club gave Will the contacts and experience he needed to develop the LOS festival idea.