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Jacaranda Cultural Centre hosts Euro Film Festival

FLASHBACK—Deschamps speaking at the festival in 2019

Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre gets busier with activities following the re-opening of its doors after a long break due to Covid.

The venue recently hosted a performance by musician Keturah and Thursday re-introduced Sounds of Malawi Acoustic sessions.

Saturday the venue, which has accommodated a variety of arts activities, hosts European Union (EU) Film Festival with four long features from Europe and four short movies from Malawi.

JCC Director Luc Deschamps, who is also French Honorary Consul to Malawi, said this is the second time that they are hosting the festival.

“This is a chance for movie goers to enjoy an entire day of cinema and admission is free,” Deschamps said.

Meanwhile, Deschamps has said people should brace for more activities this month at the venue.

“This month we are also launching two new series: Theatre in Mandala, every second Saturday afternoon of the month, starting from May 15. We are also starting Malawi Lens, every last Saturday of the month, which will feature movies, short movies and videos made in Malawi,” he said.

Deschamps said both series are produced by Tawonga Taddja Nkhonjera.

“Our goal is to give a platform to the theatre and cinema talents of Malawi, very much the way we have been doing with Sounds of Malawi,” he said.

He maintained that their aim was to open doors to the talents of Malawi and invite everyone to come and support them.

“We have been missing this opportunity for a long time, and as the health situation and the government ease of restrictions allow us to re-launch our operations, we want to be as active as possible.

“At the same time, we are making sure that all Covid safety precautions will be observed at all events. People should make sure to bring their masks,” Deschamps said.

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