National Theatre Association of Malawi (Ntam) Central Chapter on Saturday held a festival at the once mighty Lilongwe Community Centre Hall which is slowly turning into an eyesore.
The central chapter theatre fiesta came barely two weeks after Southern Chapter also held a festival at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre.
The festival was expected to bring on board several groups but fuel shortage, which has hit the country, affected participation of some of the groups.
Ntam Central Region Chapter Chairperson Edward Phiri, speaking at the festival, said groups from Salima and Mchinji failed to make it at the eleventh hour due to fuel scarcity.
“We wanted good representation from different districts in the Central Region but the groups from Salima and Mchinji have failed to make it because they could not manage to access fuel,” Phiri said.
Despite this setback, the festival, which saw the presence of Ntam President Maxwell Chiphinga, went on as planned, with one group from Kasungu in attendance while the rest were from Lilongwe.
“This festival is part of warm-up activities ahead of the Malawi International Theatre Festival set for Blantyre from December 1 to 4 2022,” Phiri said.
Chiphinga hailed Central chapter for successfully managing to hold a festival.
Some of the groups that starred at the festival included Rise Arts and Chosen Ones Theatre that staged a joint production, Dzuwa Arts Company and Hephzibah Arts.