Impakt brings Sand Arts Fest
Impakt Events, which spearheads the Sand Music Festival, has announced the creation of Sand Arts Festival, targeting all artistic disciplines.
This year’s Sand Arts Festival will take place in Mangochi on April 8 and 9.
Impakt Events Director Soldier Lucius Banda said during a press briefing in Blantyre that Sand Arts Festival is a separate project from Sand Music Festival, which takes place in summer.
“We are ready with this festival and this is all about reaching out to other artistic disciplines that do not have platforms. Depending on the weather, we will be running it in April in Mangochi while Sand Music Festival will be taking place in Salima,” Lucius, who was flanked by Impakt Events’ other members Wendy Harawa and her daughter Laura, said.
He said, among others, the arts festival, which will not run on a huge budget compared to Sand Music Festival and that its entry package will be lower, will feature poetry, drama, visual arts, comedy and music with a focus on budding artists.
Banda also said that the festival will be running with a theme and that this year, the theme is ‘Mental Health Matters’.
“We have seen a rise in cases of suicide in the country and, as Impakt Events, we thought we could use this festival to bring awareness on the issue and we will be engaging people to share more on this. We also believe that creatives have a role to play to bring awareness on this,” the veteran musician said.
He said just as they keep on improving with Sand Music Festival, which this year will be running for its 13th edition, they will strive to do the best with Sand Arts Festival.
“We are reaching out to artists in all the disciplines as well as associations and the idea is to tap into all. We also just want to call upon the corporate world to help us on this and partner us because we are doing it for the good of Malawi and the creative sector and we are passionate about it,” Lucius said.