Lake of Stars Festival, dubbed Lake of Stars Discovery, which will be held at Kachere Kastle in Nkhata Bay over the weekend kick-starts with a Day of Ideas on Thursday.
The main performances start on Friday through to Sunday.
The festival’s spokesperson and Head of Media, Zilanie Gondwe, said Monday the third edition of Day of Ideas will be delivered in partnership with European Union (EU).
She said the event will use the infrastructure of the festival to benefit the youth of the local community with a day of interactive educational activities.
“For the first time, Day of Ideas is focusing on a single theme, the urgent issue of climate change. Young people will discover and reflect on issues involved in an interesting and interactive way,” Gondwe said.
She said the platform has seen the youth playing a crucial role to tackle various issues using their talents.
“Workshops and exhibitions will include Sunny Money, who will be setting up a solar library at a local primary school, interactive environmental theatre from ArtGlo, a musical workshop from Conservation Music, tree planting with Root2Fruit, and the EU’s own Afikepo programme,” Gondwe said.
She also said that there will be installations of recycled art from environmental artist Arteisch and musical performances from Jacaranda School and other artists.
“There is so much on the ground as I said, the EU’s climate change champion, Luwayo Biswick will do break-out workshops with students in local communities and learning practical environmental sustainable skills,” the festival’s spokesperson said.
Gondwe also said 300 youths around the area are expected to participate in the Day of Ideas and the schools involved include Kachere, Chiomba and Kazanda Primary schools as well as Kapanda Secondary School.
“The students participating are those from standard six and above for primary school,” she said.
Lake of Stars Festival in partnership with EU and other players recently also held a clean-up exercise at the venue as part of conserving the environment which also saw them working with the community and students from surrounding schools.