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The two-day Blantyre Arts Festival (Baf), in its 13th edition, ended on Sunday at Njamba Freedom Park with organisers declaring that the festival will continue to run free of charge.

Baf Executive Director Thom Chibambo said they would want people to be part of the festival and embrace it to the fullest, hence making it free of charge.

“We would like to thank you all for turning up for the festival and you are the ones that have made the 2022 event a success. This festival, from now onwards, will continue to run free of charge,” Chibambo said amidst cheers from the huge audience.

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He then hailed partners for supporting the festival which run under the theme ‘Climate Resilience Through Cultural Preservation’ and they included Amaryllis Hotel, Blantyre City Council and Friends of Malawi from Hannover led by Silvia Hesse.

“Through the festival, we have disseminated messages on climate change and this is the direction we want to take as a festival, to tackle issues affecting society and bring about change,” Chibambo said.

Being the last day, people came out in large numbers and despite some sound snags, the audience relished performances of several acts including Musicians Union of Malawi President Gloria Manong’a, Ethel Kamwendo Banda, Lulu, Skeffa Chimoto and Real Sounds Band and Dan Muyaya.

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“It has been a great weekend for me. I have enjoyed the performances from different artists,” Karen Chawula, former Ntopwa United coach, said.

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