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Khulubvi Fest on this year

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Organisers of Khulubvi Cultural and Heritage Festival to take place in Nsanje District said Thursday the event is on this year, having failed last year due to Covid, and that it will take on July 1 to 3.

One of the members of the organising team Eric Trinta, who is also a musician, said Thursday they have made strides in terms of preparations although he was quick to point out that they were still looking for support from the corporate world.

“Our budget is above K8 million and, so far, no corporate entity has come in to offer support let alone utilise this platform to reach out to people in the Lower Shire, who were affected by floods,” Trinta, who is Nyamithambo Arts Palace proprietor, said.

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“Two issues popped up last year, Covid affected us and then the government proposed regional celebrations. All is set this year and there is so much that people will see and experience during this festival, which is the first of its kind in Lower Shire” he added.

Trinta said the festival, running under the theme ‘Counting Cost of Floods with Hope: Time for Soul Searching and Rebuilding; is being spearheaded by Nyamithambo Arts Palace in conjunction with the community in Nsanje and Nsanje District Council.

Trinta said, apart from showcasing talent from the Lower Shire, the festival wants to disseminate messages aimed at bringing about change.

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“We want to voice out our concerns through this festival that Lower Shire for example needs to have proper infrastructure to counter floods and there is more that needs to be done. Apart from performances, we will also have other activities such as games. Let this festival help in removing stress especially from the pain that we have experienced with the floods,” he said.

He said they were working together with the community to make sure that they own the festival and take a lead role in growing it.

“We want this event to be among the recognised festivals in the country and also show the beauty Lower Shire. We have talent but many of these artists in all the different artistic disciplines do not have access to platforms and so, this festival is coming in to bridge this gap,” Trinta said.

He said they have reached out to a number of organisations and companies seeking for support towards the festival.

Meanwhile, the festival has started making moves to raise funds with the first fundraiser this Sunday at Nyamithambo Palace in Nsanje District.

The fundraising show will feature artists such as Wolf Fat Kay, Hel Star, Jay Maga, Treymo Mw, Dyseva, Hacker, Stanner, Billy Jay and Nyamithambo Dance Crew.

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