Musician Lulu and poet Robert Chiwamba are set to headline the Green Liberty Festival at Chikho Hotel in Kasungu on Saturday.
The festival, which among others, is all about recognising local talent, by providing a platform for them, will run under the theme Go Green, Go Glam.
Green Liberty Festival Director, Joseph Amadzuwa Chirwa, said Wednesday that they wanted through the festival to show the world that waste can be wealth.
“We want to create a culture in the arts industry where art is not just a commodity to be purchased but our art is an art form that speaks to the masses about the environmental problems that are in our country. We believe our eco festivals will help accelerate the change that is needed in this country,” Chirwa said.
He said the festival will bring on board exhibitions where people will showcase their recycled products.
“We will also have a documentary session talk about our environment and how we can improve on our habits of destroying the environment, followed by fashion show from various designers all over Malawi showcasing their environmental themed designs and then we will also have an auction of our products spiced up with the performances from Lulu and Robert Chiwamba and many more,” Chirwa said.
“We want to be holding this festival every year and our next festival will be in Mzuzu. It is a festival which is sustainable since it is being owned by artists themselves and it is a platform for them to exhibit and sell their products, and since we have partners and stakeholders as well, the festival will go on and on,” he said.
Chirwa said all artists billed to perform, have confirmed their availability.
“It is a platform where we are looking at innovators, incubators and players involved in different fields. This platform wants to remind people that waste is wealth. Almost 80 percent in the country is organic waste and so we can’t avoid it especially in the agricultural side so as to have more yields. Of course, it’s difficult but we want people to be involved in recycling,” Chirwa said.
He said they were working with different stakeholders among them, the United States Embassy.
“Again, most of such festivals only target the urban areas but we want the rural areas to be involved because that is where we also have talent,” Chirwa said.
Lulu, who is also billed to perform in Blantyre the same day, said he was ready for the festival.
“As usual we are leaving no stone unturned. After this show, I am also set to perform in Blantyre but everything is in black and white,” the ‘Nzalera’ star said.
Chiwamba of the ‘Uzafa Imfa Yowawa’ fame, said people should brace for a good performance as he has prepared a good package of his poems.
“This being the first performance in Kasungu, I am looking forward to the best,” he said.