Creatives from different disciplines on Saturday came out to network, share ideas and reflect on various challenges in the industry during the first of its kind Blantyre Creatives Mingle held at Limbe Country Club.
With the creative industry not holding events due to a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people due to Covid-19 pandemic, this was a rare meet that saw some artists taking to the stage to shake off the hangover of a long break.
The mingle was like a warm up as the industry looks ahead to the government loosening up the restrictions for them to start holding performances.
While inside the hall, creatives enjoyed the sound from artists such as Annemarie Quinn, visual artists such as Andrew Missi and Madalitso Ziwaoh, who travelled all the way from Balaka, exhibited their works.
The Blantyre Creatives Mingle was organised by Nthambi Productions led by its Chief Executive Officer Priscilla Mhango.
Mhango, who is also the brains behind Creatives4 Christ, was excited with the way creatives turned up for the event.
“It was great, people showed up and different creatives showed up you talk of poets, musicians, producers, bloggers, writers, event organisers, arts journalists and visual artists,” she said.
Mhango said they noted that creatives in Blantyre were not working together.
“As creatives, we need to collaborate and work together to build the arts sector in Blantyre hence having this platform. We will look at holding more of such events and will try to collaborate,” she said.
Musician Phyzix said he was happy to be part of the event hosted by Nikki.
“I am here to learn and share on how best we can have alternative sources of income, come together to discuss the industry and come up with good ideas and also meet new creatives,” the ‘Cholapitsa’ star said.
He said he was in support of the initiative and that if there were more, he was ready to be part and parcel.
“Let us keep on being creative, this is the best industry and nobody should fool you, this is true expression where we express things through sound, images and whatever we do and so let’s keep on enjoying what we do,” Phyzix said.
Annemarie said after a long break she finally performed in front of an audience.
“I have not performed since February and so to have this connection was great. We must start slowly and follow all the precautionary measures and start with mini events before coming out fully,” she said.
Annemarie, who was backed by Anthony Supriano on percussions, described the gathering as a great idea for creatives to link up, share contacts and ideas.