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European Union satisfied with 2019 art support

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ATTENTIVE—Paesen (right) listens from visual artist Nixon Malamulo during the event

Head of European Union (EU) in Malawi, Sandra Paesen, has said they were satisfied with their contribution to the arts sector in a single year in the country.

Paesen said EU has in the year 2019 supported the DJ Lab spearheaded by Music Crossroads Malawi, which saw DJs across the country participating in a training facilitated by DJ Mukambo from Belgium.

She also said this year, EU has supported the first EU Malawi Film festivals which took place in Lilongwe and Blantyre and first regional music concert organised by Music Crossroads among others.

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EU was also part of the players that supported the three-day Art in the Park held at Four Seasons Nursery in Lilongwe last weekend.

Spearheaded by Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi (Wesm) in conjunction with Four Seasons, Art in the Park which was spiced up by music performances from among others, George Kalukusha, attracted close to 30 artists.

“EU in Malawi is proud to support Art in the Park this year. Art can be a vector for change and social emancipation and we want more people, especially children, to be exposed to art in Malawi,” Paesen said.

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She said they were very proud with what the players had done to put together Art in the Park and that artists had displayed beautiful artworks.

“I am told that the first event they had 18 artists but this one they have 30 and we hope the next one they will have 60. EU has many types of diplomacy and one of them is cultural diplomacy. We are going to do more in terms of support and we will sit down with different players including the government and see how we can offer our support,” Paesen said.

Veteran visual artist, Nyangu Chodola, who was a member of the organising team, hailed partners for the support during the event.

“The opening was great with over 25 sales. We had very impressive art works and impressionistic dominated, “Chodola said.

Director of Arts, Humphrey Mpondaminga, said the government through the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture was committed to support the creative industry in the country.

“We are there to give policy guidelines. We are doing a lot as government and we are there to promote arts and market it globally. We want to encourage players in the industry to package their content nicely,” Mpondaminga said.

He said they were looking at developing a digital platform for artists so that they are easily accessible to those who need them.

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