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Chrich Gardens to host poetry feast

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Chrich Gardens in Blantyre will next Friday which is the Chilembwe Day, hold a poetry feast tagged ndakatulo 2016.

This is the day when the country celebrates the life of one of its heroes John Chilembwe.

Chrich Gardens Events Manager Wales Chakukuma said on Wednesday that this will be the first poetry gathering in the year 2016 and that it was part of giving people the much needed entertainment.

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The event comes barely two weeks after the place on January 1 also held a Full Family Fun event which saw performances from Faith Mussa and Ndirande Anglican Voices.

He said the poetry feast set to feature several poets including Robert Chiwamba, who launched his latest album Kwa Mai Chiwamba at the same venue last year will also give a platform to the poets to show their talents.

The gathering will also see performances from presidential mimickers Atcheya, Aunt Geti and Mr Malawi with music set to be provided by Lucky Stars Band led by Boniface Ndamera.

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“All we want is for the artists to give out more to the people. Again we want through these performances for the artists to interact with their fans and even get to tell their stories,” said Chakukuma.

He also said they would want to hold unique shows that would leave a mark.

“We are not holding shows just for the sake of it, all we want is for people to experience shows that are unique,” he said.

Chakukuma also said through the events, they want to challenge artists to dig deeper and give people outstanding acts.

“We will continue to organise events and all we want is for artists to be creative and put in more effort in their work. The poetry feast once again is a family entertainment,” he said.

Chakukuma also said they will be coming up with concerts within the week.

“We are even looking at holding birthday parties for artists and all this is part of giving artists more space to reach out to the people,” he said.

Chrich Gardens has widened the net for artists in the commercial city who have had struggles when it comes to venues relying only on Robin’s Park, Comesa Hall, College of Medicine Complex and the yet to be rehabilitated Blantyre Cultural Centre.

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