Good Talent in Women in Arts Encyclopedia project
Good Talent, a creative hub dedicated to elevate young artists and creatives in the country, has begun compiling an Encyclopedia of Malawian Women in Arts.
The outfits’ creative director Nyokase Madise said Tuesday, ahead of the International Women’s Day today, that the first edition will be released in October this year.
“We decided to develop this encyclopedia as a one-stop place for anyone who is looking to know about women who have made a contribution to the arts, cultural and creative sectors in Malawi from 1964 to date.
“People often like to say that there are not many women, who have made an impact in the arts. But we, at Good Talent, believe that there are many women who have, indeed, helped shape the arts in Malawi. We just need to be more intentional about telling their stories,” Madise said.
She said they were excited to launch this project on International Women’s Day 2023, being commemorated under the theme ‘DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender equality’, because the Encyclopedia of Malawian Women in Arts will be an online project.
“We are also always excited about International Women’s Day because Good Talent is an organisation that is run by women – two sisters, in fact,” Madise, who is also a musician, said.
She said that for the next six months, they will be compiling the first edition of the encyclopedia and that they were calling upon all artists, arts and cultural practitioners, journalists, historians and knowledge enthusiasts to submit and recommend entries.
“We are also calling on all interested partners to join us on this project, which is sure to be a special contribution to the history and legacy of Malawi. We are looking to feature women from all artistic and disciplines, including women’s traditions that have had an impact on society and pop culture today,” Madise said.
She said Good Talent has teamed up with Cool Enterprises, who will be responsible for designing and building the online encyclopedia.
“We are grateful for their support as an enterprise that is also run by a young creative Lumuli Mwakasungula,” Madise said.