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Lake Of Stars Festival Announces Venue and Artists Posted on: Monday, April 13, 2015

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Malawi’s biggest arts event, the award-winning Lake of Stars Festival, is returning for the 12th year of the project in 2015 and will take place in the stunning surroundings of Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi. The event was recently rated amongst the world’s most beautiful festivals by Gigwise.com and has been described by Capital Radio Malawi as ‘An eclectic fusion of the arts on the sunny shores of the warm heart of Africa’.

The 2015 Lake of Stars festival will be held on the last weekend of September, 25th – 27th, and promises even more of the high quality entertainment that has seen it develop into a globally respected event.  Spread across three days and three stages, the line up will feature a wealth of talent from Malawi, Africa and beyond.   Alongside the main festival at Nkopola Lodge, free outreach activities will also take place in neighboring Chipoka Village for the local community.

 

For the first time, the festival will feature a Nigerian artist, Ric Hassani with further international flavor coming from cutting edge Scottish trio Young Fathers, winners of the prestigious 2014 UK Mercury Prize and Scottish album of the year award.   Among the Malawian artists already confirmed to perform are hip-hop favourite, Gwamba; recipient of the recent Malawi Musician’s Union award for best RnB artist, Danny Kalima; and up and coming singer-songwriter George Kalukusha. Many more acts will be announced over the next few months.

 

In addition to a strong musical line up, festival patrons will also enjoy a diverse selection of other entertainment, ranging from poetry, theatre, dance and art to a new interactive science display area. The festival will also continue its family-friendly ethos, with children’s activities and free tickets for those aged 12 or under. For those wanting a permanent reminder of the experience, Lake of Stars merchandise and other local arts and crafts will be available.

 

Last year’s festival saw a number of local and international brands partnering with the event.   This trend is set to continue in 2015 with support confirmed from the country’s national airline carrier, Malawian Airlines; Multichoice; Continental Outdoors and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, all of whom were involved in 2014.  A new partnership has also been established with solar energy social enterprise SunnyMoney, who will be working with Lake of Stars to illuminate parts of the festival using their solar lights.  After the festival, these will be donated to the local community in Chipoka Village.

 
Lake of Stars Director Will Jameson said:
 

“We’re excited to be launching this year’s Lake of Stars Festival with the backing of a number of our sponsors and partners from 2014, alongside new partners.  To run the event to world-class standards is a huge undertaking, and one that wouldn’t be possible without their generous support.  There are still opportunities to partner with Lake of Stars and reach our media audience of 600 million, so if any companies are interested please do get in touch.

 

Last year’s festival was our biggest and best to date, and this year we want to deliver an even better experience for all those who are involved.  We are extremely grateful for the love and support that’s shown to Lake of Stars each year by the people of Malawi and we want to continue raising the bar for live events within the country.”

 

In the months leading up to the festival, Lake of Stars will be holding more cultural events and activities across the country than ever before.  Plans include a Mzuzu Sunset Sessions event in April, an international film festival in Lilongwe in May, a children’s festival in June and branching out into sports-tourism through involvement with the Mount Mulanje Porters Race and Malawi’s Olympic Team in July.

 

International tickets are now on sale and available to buy online from www.gigantic.com. Accommodation and travel packages can be arranged through the Lake of Stars Festival team.

 

For further information and announcements visit www.lakeofstars.org, follow them on www.twitter.com/lakeofstars or www.facebook.com/lakeofstars.




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