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Deft Poetry Festival returns for 2nd edition

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After its inaugural step last year at Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre, Deft Poetry Festival returns for its second edition this year.

Organisers have also announced that the festival has been moved from October to July because of the school calendar. The one day festival will be held on July 30.

The festival’s event manager William Shumba said Tuesday that they learnt lessons last year and that their second edition would be bigger and better.

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“This is why we have moved it from October to July. The idea is to accommodate people from all walks of life but also to fit in the up-and-coming generation of poets, who are students in schools,” Shumba said.

He said they have since started preparations ahead of the festival.

“At the moment, we are already done with the layout of the whole programme and, as usual, we will also celebrate our legends in poetry circles,” he said.

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Shumba said they were delighted with the support they were receiving ahead of the festival, which seeks to uplift poetry in the country and the creative sector in general.

“Our guest of honour Mr Caleb Thole pledged K2 million last year towards this year’s feast and we also got another K1 million pledge. This support is what is giving us the drive and motivation to push this festival to greater heights,” he said.

He admitted that last year, being their maiden event, they did not know how things would transpire.

“You are always afraid whenever you are starting things but the overwhelming support we got has given us the power to offer more in terms of poetry,” Shumba said.

He said, apart giving a platform to poets to showcase their works, the festival this year would also strive to bring awareness to people on the use of renewable sources of energy such as gas and electricity.

“We are saying, as much as many people are planting trees, many are also cutting down trees every day. So, we want to use this platform as a mouthpiece for renewable sources of energy under the theme ‘Taleka Kuphikira Makala, Use of Renewable Sources of Energy’,” Shumba said.

Some of the poets that starred at last year’s festival include legendary Benedicto Wokoma-atani Malunga, Q Malewezi, Michael Benjala and Sylvester Kalizang’oma.

After its inaugural step last year at Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre, Deft Poetry Festival returns for its second edition this year.

Organisers have also announced that the festival has been moved from October to July because of the school calendar. The one day festival will be held on July 30.

The festival’s event manager William Shumba said Tuesday that they learnt lessons last year and that their second edition would be bigger and better.

“This is why we have moved it from October to July. The idea is to accommodate people from all walks of life but also to fit in the up-and-coming generation of poets, who are students in schools,” Shumba said.

He said they have since started preparations ahead of the festival.

“At the moment, we are already done with the layout of the whole programme and, as usual, we will also celebrate our legends in poetry circles,” he said.

Shumba said they were delighted with the support they were receiving ahead of the festival, which seeks to uplift poetry in the country and the creative sector in general.

“Our guest of honour Mr Caleb Thole pledged K2 million last year towards this year’s feast and we also got another K1 million pledge. This support is what is giving us the drive and motivation to push this festival to greater heights,” he said.

He admitted that last year, being their maiden event, they did not know how things would transpire.

“You are always afraid whenever you are starting things but the overwhelming support we got has given us the power to offer more in terms of poetry,” Shumba said.

He said, apart giving a platform to poets to showcase their works, the festival this year would also strive to bring awareness to people on the use of renewable sources of energy such as gas and electricity.

“We are saying, as much as many people are planting trees, many are also cutting down trees every day. So, we want to use this platform as a mouthpiece for renewable sources of energy under the theme ‘Taleka Kuphikira Makala, Use of Renewable Sources of Energy’,” Shumba said.

Some of the poets that starred at last year’s festival include legendary Benedicto Wokoma-atani Malunga, Q Malewezi, Michael Benjala and Sylvester Kalizang’oma.

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