Blantyre Arts Festival returns


After failing to take place last year due to financial constraints, Blantyre Arts Festival (Baf) is back.

Baf Executive Director, Thom Chibambo, confirmed on Friday that the festival would take place from October 6 to 8this year.

“The festival is back and that is what people should know. The break last year was worth it because it gave us time to reflect on the festival. We are ready,” Chibambo said.


He then thanked Hivos for sponsoring the festival, but was quick to point out that they were still looking forward to more support.

“Funding hiccups have hit festivals very hard and we nearly postponed it again this year a. But we are thankful to Hivos for coming to our rescue,” Chibambo said.

He said, in preparation for the festival, they will be hosting Zimbabwean Rooftop Promotions which arrives this week for theatre workshops and performances.


Chibambo said the workshops and performances were free and that they would be held in Lilongwe and Blantyre.

The news of Baf’s return comes weeks after organisers of another top festival – Lake of Stars— announced that the event would not take place this year.

The organisers of Lake of Stars Festival, which last year took place at Chintheche in Nkhata Bay, have since said the festival will return in 2018.

Baf started in 2009 and has hosted top artists such as Jamaica’s Mutabaruka— through Poetry Africa, which later phased out.

Since then the festival has failed to raise its bar and has fallen short in a number of areas.

However, Chibambo insisted that people will see the best this year as the break has given them time to renew their energy.

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