Artists on Tuesday showed the splendor of creativity and sparked with their performances as they offered the much needed entertainment, brightening the European Union (EU) Day celebrations at the EU Ambassador’s Residence in Lilongwe.
Europe Day is a day celebrating peace and unity in Europe and is celebrated on May 5 by the Council of Europe and on May 9 by EU.
The celebrations, which run under the theme ‘United in Diversity’, also came barely four days after EU held the European Union Film Festival third edition in Lilongwe and Blantyre, where 16 films from 20 different countries were screened.
Singer Nyago, well known for her traditional music, gave the audience a surprise package when, with her band featuring, among others, Sam Mjura Mkandawire on guitar, performed the country’s national anthem in Tumbuka before offering her other songs.
“I just had to do something different and I thought of performing the national anthem in Tumbuka. I love my language and I enjoy speaking it. I am happy to perform here and interact with people from all walks of life,” Nyago said.
There was also a special moment when EU Ambassador Rune Skinnebach, alongside Minister of Foreign Affairs Nancy Tembo, unveiled a beautiful mural done by visual artist Madalitso Ziwaoh.
In the mural, which Ziwaoh linked to the theme, he spoke about inclusiveness, imagining the future where Malawi will have progressed to the fullest in different areas with support from EU.
Skinnebach hailed Ziwaoh for the mural, adding that he was excited to celebrate Europe Day.
“Europe Day allows us to celebrate a union based on the principles of rule of law, democracy, justice, respect for human rights and dignity and solidarity. It allows us to celebrate a future-proof partnership with Malawi,” he said.
Apart from Nyago’s performance, the audience was blown away with the performance of Hear Us Children from Music Crossroads Malawi.
The youthful outfit that is into promoting and preserving culture through traditional dances entertained the audience throughout their set. They showed the beauty of diversity by fusing some of the country’s traditional dances and journeyed with people countrywide serving traditional dances such as chiterera and vimbuza and fused it with dances from Europe.
In their performance, they underscored the fact that as people, “we were all one and that we needed to work together to forge ahead”.
Apart from performances, the audience, which included dignitaries from different missions, ministers and other government officials and business captains, enjoyed food from different countries such as Ireland, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany, who also displayed various things in their pavilions.
“I have enjoyed the celebrations from the performances, the food and also interacting with different people. We had the opportunity to reach out to people on the work we do,” French Honorary Consul and Jacaranda Cultural Centre Director Luc Deschamps said.
During the event, Deschamps also donated an artwork from Kungoni Art Centre to Minister of National Unity Timothy Mtambo.