A new annual event known as Nsanje Festival is born and has been created by Nyamithambo Arts Palace in partnership with various players in Nsanje District, including Nsanje District Council.
The festival will kick-off its journey on July 6 2021.
Nyamithambo Arts Palace Proprietor, Eric Trinta, who is also a musician and an arts activist, said the festival seeks to bring the best out of Nsanje District.
“Nsanje is a district that is rich in a lot of areas and this includes culture but this has not been fully exposed. We have Mbona shrines which would have been key in terms of uplifting tourism and creating jobs but there is little that has been done,” Trinta said.
He said during the festival, they will have activities and that apart from having artists from Nsanje showcase their talents, they will also engage artists from other places.
“Nsanje District used to be known as Port Herald in the past simply because they saw the potential. It is a district which has a port and the country needs to revive a number of initiatives,” Trinta said.
He said through the festival, which he described as the first of its kind in the district they will also try to show that wealth creation lies in arts and culture.
“As Nyamithambo we are pacesetters, through this festival, we also want to show that there is talent in our communities and that if well supported, it could create employment and we also want to show that arts and culture could be used to uplift marketing activities of organisations and companies out there,” Trinta said.
He said they were currently at an advanced stage putting things together for the success of the festival and that they were also engaging various stakeholders for support.
“We have put the budget of the festival at K3 million and all we need now is support from various players to make this a success,” Trinta said.
With several other festivals coming out but dying a natural death, Trinta pointed out that their festival is ready to grow.
“We know the direction we are taking, we know there are other festivals but this is different and unique. We are also happy that the communities are involved …we will also be showing the best of food from Nsanje. This is a package of a festival,” he said.
Meanwhile, Trinta also bemoaned lack of creative sector elements in the budget presented in Parliament recently by Minister of Finance Felix Mlusu.
“Arts and culture needs support, it needs investment because it is what can solve job creation and several other things will also come into effect. The country needs to start valuing arts and culture,” he said.