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Lake of Stars opens artists applications

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

Zilanie Gondwe

Organisers of Lake of Stars Festival Wednesday opened up artists applications ahead of the festival to be held for the first time at Kachere Kastle in Nkhata Bay in September.

The festival, which last year was held at a new venue – Kabumba Hotel in Salima— returns to Nkhata Bay which is its original home – [Chintheche Inn] but at a new venue.

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The organisers said on their Facebook page that artists need to apply, stressing that performance slots are limited.

“Performance slots are limited so make sure your application is as complete and convincing as possible. We encourage applicants from inside and outside of Malawi,” reads the statement.

The call for artists comes barely two weeks after the organisers announced that all ticket regions for the festival to be held from September 27 to 29 2019 were now on sale.

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The organisers said a limited number of local early bird tickets would be available in the country at K56,000 adding that this includes three nights of on-site camping at the festival. This opened from May 8—10 2019.

“Once early bird tickets are sold out, standard three-day ticket and camping packages will be on sale at K66,000,” the organisers said.

The festival, which last year celebrated its 15th anniversary, returns to the fold with what the organisers have described as an exciting new format: Lake of Stars Discovery.

Lake of Stars Head of Media, Zilanie Gondwe, said recently that they were excited about the direction the festival was taking this year.

“Our new discovery edition will offer a unique adventure for festival goers in an unparalleled, intimate setting. Lake of Stars has always been about more than the big names. It’s about creating memories and shared experiences,” Gondwe said.

She added that their vision is also about uncovering and promoting new artists alongside established talent.

“This year, we are amplifying this by shining a light on amazing rising stars in new music and art in Malawi, Southern Africa and beyond. I invite everyone to join us on this journey of discovery to hear the sounds and experience the creativity of the Warm Heart of Africa,” Gondwe said.

She said, for 15 years, Lake of Stars project has been on a mission to promote Malawian music, culture and tourism observing that arts has breathed life into the country’s festival tourism industry, with dozens of vibrant events now happening that collectively contribute to the country’s economy and cultural scene.

According to her, Lake of Stars Festival generates an estimated US$1.6 million into the country’s economy each year by attracting visitors to discover and explore the Warm Heart of Africa.

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