Music & Arts
Malawi has a wide range of performance arts to show off to its visitors, from traditional dance to up-and-coming hip hop artists. There are many opportunities to see local artists, from small performances to the internationally renowned Lake of Stars music festival. Individual performances will be easiest found in the main cities of Lilongwe and Blantyre, but the festivals favour Lake Malawi. See also the Events page for details of Malawi’s main festivals.
There are also many charity projects that use theatre in community education of issues such as HIV/AIDS prevention and the environment. Story Workshop is based in Blantyre and works with local people to bring about social change by combining communication and creative entertainment. Many local charities also have drama groups, such as the Malawi Home Based Care Drama Group who perform free plays to large audiences on issues relating to HIV/AIDS. Theatre for a Change is another project that uses theatre in education and teacher training.
Places offering Music & Arts
The largest urban area in Malawi, the conurbation of Blantyre & Limbe, is the country’s commercial capital.
Lilongwe is Malawi’s capital. The Old Town is distinct and has the appearance of a traditional African settlement, whilst the City has much in common with other twentieth century urban developments around the world.
Malawi’s people are its greatest asset - friendly, welcoming, colourful and vibrant. As well as the natural daily encounters with Malawians, there are widespread opportunities to visit real villages.
Tea is Malawi's second largest export, with acres of tea plantations in the south of the country. The Satemwa Tea Estate at Thyolo is a tourist hotspot for those wishing to take part in tea tasting.
There is much to see of Malawi’s history, beginning with the pre-history remains of the Karonga district and the Stone Age rock paintings near Dedza. Elsewhere, the colonial period is preserved in buildings dating from the David Livingstone era.
Malawi's bustling and colourful local markets sell everything from fruit and vegetables to arts & crafts, meat and traditional dress.
Becoming a volunteer in Malawi's communities goes along way to provide a better future for Malawian people.