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Art in the Park attracts 40 artists

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The biannual Art in the Park event, which gives a chance to visual artists in the country to showcase their craft, will take place this weekend at Four Seasons Garden in Lilongwe with about 40 artists set to participate.

The figure of participating artists has dropped from 57 in November last year to 40 due to what one of the members of the organising team, Jimmy Malinga G’me Wednesday described as a fruit of strict scrutiny by the committee.

“We want artists to work hard in their craft and be original and authentic. We were strict this time around in our selection of artists and this is because we received complaints from clients that there was too much of copying on the internet as well as lack of identity,” he said.

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Malinga said they were set for the event.

“We have worked hard to put this together and people will sample beautiful pieces,” he said.

The art fest set, to also feature live performances from musicians and workshops, is running under the theme ‘Discovering Oneself’.

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He said they were also hoping for the best in terms of sales, having experienced low sales in the previous edition.

Some of the works to be displayed at the Art in the Park include sculptures, paintings, fabric art, recycled art, photographs and pottery.

Apart from Malinga, some of the artists to star at the exposition, dominated by male artists, include Evelyn Chisambiro, Madalitso Ziwaoh, Peter Masina, Andrew Missi, Grace Tembo, Ellis Singano, Charles Levison, Nyangu Chodola, James Tambula, George Laisi Wellington Chauma, Peter Chikondi, Kondwani Hara, Gift Mwandama, Chisomo Lifar, Betty Nyirenda, Upile Phiri, Chris Taulo and Nikiwe Mtema.

The festival has in the previous editions received tremendous support from European Union, Four Seasons, Wildlife Environmental Society of Malawi and Sunny Money.

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