After a two year-break due to Covid, Easter Theatre Festival is back this year and it starts today at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre and ends on Sunday.
The festival, whose main focus is theatre with minors in poetry, dance, comedy and other disciplines, starts this morning with school performances and workshops for children before its official opening this afternoon.
Festival Director McArthur Matukuta said Thursday it has been a long wait for them and they were happy to be back and described the festival as a family outing.
“This is a festival for everyone and we call upon people to come in large numbers as we have lots of activities during the three days. We have performances for children as well, we are giving them a platform and also showing them that art is a career worth pursuing,” Matukuta said.
He said people should brace to sample exciting activities set to remove stress.
“They will not be the same; they will be healed from the psychological trauma of Covid after enjoying and laughing the whole three days. Workshops are there every day for three days,” Matukuta said.
Some of the performances people are set to sample this afternoon through to the evening include poetry from Souvenir Jana, comedy by Raheem Khonart, Malawi/ Wales theatre collaboration featuring Solomonic Peacocks and National Arts of Wales with the last act being a play titled The Divorce which was written by late Frank Patani Mwase.
Some of the actors starring in this production, which was also staged at Blantyre Sports Club during Mwase’s memorial in January, include Yankho Seunda, Jeremiah Mwaungulu and Goma Nyondo.
The performances Saturday include Chichiri Prison Cultural Troupe, Baba Ngoni Chisale, Chiphwanya and Sasoka, Young Travellers Theatre, Malawi/ Germany Collaboration featuring Solomonic and Qaurtier and Tauka Arts.
On Sunday, the performances will feature Dikamawoko Arts, Sauzande and Zobi, Joshua Bhima, Sylvester Kalizang’oma, Upile Drama Group and YDC.
The festival is running under the theme Doing Theatre Unusual Way.
With support from partners such as British Council of Wales, Hannover City Council and JCC and Maison de la France, Matukuta said the budget for the festival was K5 million.