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Government has embarked on the review of the legislation for arts and culture as part of its commitment to develop the industry acting Secretary for Tourism, Culture and Wildlife George Masinga has said.

He said this on Tuesday when he officially opened the 2021 Ethno Malawi Music Camp at Chingalire Cultural Centre in Lilongwe.

He said two of such legal instruments are the Arts and Creative Industries Bill, which seeks to replace the Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and the long awaited National Arts and Heritage Council (Nahec) Bill.

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“The new legislation for the sector is meant to improve institutional capacity and general coordination of the sector,”Masinga said.

Masinga then hailed Music Crossroads Malawi for being a key partner for the government in driving the Ethno Malawi Music Camp which has helped in promoting and preserving the playing of traditional instruments that are slowly fading out.

He also thanked musician Ben Mankhamba now, Village Head Chingalire, for establishing Chingalire Cultural Centre as a facility for arts and heritage.

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“The ministry is promoting private sector involvement in development of arts and cultural facilities in our cities and districts. The Ministry will therefore promote Chingalire and other facilities used for presentation of arts and culture,” he said.

Masinga said Chingalire will add to the several other tourists attraction areas where tourists can visit and experience Malawian arts and culture.

Music Crossroads Malawi Director Mathews Mfune said the Ethno Malawi Music Camp has proved effective since they started and that participants have shared notes on arts and culture.

“Despite all this, we still need support from the government and the corporate world, otherwise there is more to be done if we are to promote our traditional instruments,” Mfune said.

Mankhamba called on the government and the corporate world to utilise the centre which also has small Amphitheatre.

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