Lake of Stars, Sand Music in top 5 festivals in Malawi


By Sam Banda Jnr:

LUCIUS—We want to give people a treat

An article on National Geographic has listed five must watch top festivals in the country and they include Lake of Stars and Sand Music festivals to be held at Kachere Kastle in Nkhata Bay on September 27 to 29 2019 and Kabumba Hotel in Salima on November 1 to 3 2019, respectively.

The other three are Blantyre Arts Festival held in October, Likoma Summer Festival to be held on October 2 to 6 2019 and the free annual Tumaini Festival set for November 1 to 2 2019 at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa.


Some of the top five festivals which have been listed in the article titled ‘Festival fever: five of the best art and music festivals in Malawi’ are Lake of Stars, Likoma Summer Cultural Festival to be held on October 2 to 6 2019, Tumaini Festival, Blantyre Arts Festival and Sand Music Festival.

The article talks about the five festivals highlighting among others, the venues where they will take place and looks at some of the acts that starred at the festivals last year.

The article is featured on the travel category on National Geographic and comes at a time the country looks ahead to summer where these festivals will take place.


The five festivals have already come out to announce their run this year although some are still yet to announce the exact dates.

Musician Soldier Lucius Banda, who spearheads Sand Music Festival through Impakt Events, said he was happy that the festival has got such an honour.

“It is good to be recognised and that simply shows that we are making progress as a festival and every year we work hard to put up the best,” Lucius said.

He said they have shifted from Sunbird Livingstonia, which has been their home for years, due to construction works taking place there; hence, settling for Kabumba, which last year hosted Lake of Stars.

Lucius said he was looking forward to the best this year as they come out with the ninth edition.

Blantyre Arts Festival (Baf) Director, Thom Chibambo, also said they were excited that their event has been listed among the top five.

“This is huge for us and it will motivate us to bring out the best. We have started the preparations,” Chibambo said.

Lake of Stars Festival Country Coordinator, Yolanda Ngoma, also said it felt good to be placed among the top five festivals in the country.

The festival has started selling early bird tickets and recently opened up a call for artists.

Menes la Plume, founder of Tumaini Festival, wrote on his Facebook page that he cannot wait for the event to take place this year.

“To be listed among the top five shows the growth that we have made as a festival. We started off with one day but now it is a two-day festival. We can’t wait to having you all at Dzaleka for this year’s Tumaini Festival on 1st and 2nd November,” Menes said.

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