After already hailing Malawi as Africa’s next go-to destination, CNN have included Lake of Stars in their best African festival list, compiled with music and travel web series The Fest Gurus. Check out the article here. Get tickets for this year’s Lake of Stars, due to take place from 26 to 28 September, over here.
The dates and first two acts have now been revealed for Lake of Stars 2014.
The Malawi arts festival will run from 26th to 28th September at a yet-to-be-announced venue on Lake Malawi.
Skeffa Chimoto and Peter Mawanga are the first two acts to be announced, with further acts and the venue to be revealed early 2014.
2014 is set to be a big year for Malawi, with the country also enjoying inclusion in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 – top ten countries. The Lake of Stars organisers promise ‘a true adventure into the cultural heartbeat of a vibrant nation’ for those heading to Malawi for the festival.
Weekend tickets for Lake of Stars are available online from here. Watch a round-up of the project’s City of Stars festival below, which was held in September 2013 in Lilongwe.
Lake of Stars are holding a competition on their Facebook page at the moment, giving away 1 night for 2 at Chintheche Inn on Lake Malawi’s northern shores, plus a pair of tickets to City of Stars festival, taking place 27 and 28 September in Lilongwe.
To be in with a chance of winning, follow this link, post your entry as a comment under the picture, and ‘like’ the ones that you think stand out. The entry with the most likes by 5pm Friday 2nd August wins.
The line-up for City of Stars festival has expanded recently to take in Kenyan afro-pop group Sauti Sol, British-Algerian singer YADi and Joburg acts Tumi (Tumi and the Volume) and Reason. The full line-up can be found here, and tickets for the festival can be purchased here.
Chintheche Inn prize courtesy of Wilderness Safaris Malawi.
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Lake of Stars are now taking applications for artists to play at this year’s new City of Stars festival, taking place 27 and 28 September in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Musicians, bands, DJs, poets, comedians, and any other artists who are interested should download an application form and return it by Friday 7 June. The form can be downloaded from here.
City of Stars is looking to showcase emerging talent from Malawi and also give African and international acts the opportunity to perform on a unique and exciting platform in front of an global audience – in 2011 the project reached 200 million people worldwide through media. The programme will feature live music, film, theatre, exhibitions and speakers, will promote Malawian creativity and attract international artists and arts practitioners to the country. Read more about the festival here.
Last week the Lake of Stars Project announced City of Stars, a brand new city-based festival and arts conference in Lilongwe, taking place 27 and 28 September 2013.
The festival is described as a two-day multi-venue arts festival and conference, that will showcase the best in emerging and acclaimed talent from Malawi and beyond. So far three names have been announced:
Glasgow based DJ Auntie Flo, who fuses classic house, disco, techno and electronica alongside afrobeat, kwaito, cumbia, and South American rhythms (check out his excellent mini-album Future Rhythm Machine).
George the Poet, a 21 year old wordsmith from north-west London whose poems tackle the forgotten side of London, mixing social and political comment with humour.
And finally The Very Best, everyone’s favouite global party-soundtracking Malawian/European duo.
Tickets will be on sale from July, with more acts, as well as the venues for the festival, being announced soon. For more info on the festival head over here. Watch the video for Auntie Flo’s I Want To Blow Your Mind feat. Esa below.
Lake of Stars are recruiting a Malawi based project manager, to work on all aspects of the Lake of Stars project to deliver their 2013 programme. You’ve got until Wednesday 10th April to apply and interviews are taking place in Lilongwe, Malawi on Wednesday 17th April. If you’re interested have a look at the job description here.
Some of the world’s leading AV equipment companies have donated vital equipment to Lake of Stars for use in Malawi’s creative industries.
Midas, a company that had its consoles seriously tested at last year’s Lake of Stars by Malawi’s 43 degree heat and humid conditions, have donated a new console for use at live events and to record local artists.
This also comes with speakers donated by Funktion One and an amplifier from FFA, as well as radios and earpieces from Brentwood Industries, all for use in Malawi’s event industries.
This support means there will be access all year round to equipment that can be used to enhance the production quality of events and improve audiences’ and artists’ experience. It will also be used at the Lilongwe based Rhythm of Life recording studio. Lake of Stars will be partnering with music charity Rhythm of Life and running training sessions for local engineers on the equipment, as well as lending the equipment for free to local events such as Blantyre Arts Festival.