By Sam Banda Jnr:
Barely two days after Dikamawoko Arts announced that they needed support to travel to Egypt to attend a festival, Light of Youth Creative Organisation (Lyco) has pledged to support two members by processing their passports.
Dikamawoko Arts has been invited to perform at the third edition of Awladna International Forum for Arts of the Gifted to take place from February 15 to 22 2019.
The event is held under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in cooperation with the ministries of Social Solidarity, Youth and Sports, Tourism, Culture, Immigration and Egyptian Expatriate Affairs and the Ministry of Antiquities.
The organisers have invited 10 members to the forum to participate in the performances section.
However, the organisers have said that they will provide full accommodation for the esteemed group throughout the forum’s period while while participants will foot other bills.
Lyco Executive Director, James Kitchen, said yesterday they felt it wise to support their fellow artists with the little they have.
“As artists we need to help each other. For us we will help two members process their passports,” Kitchen said.
Lyco is the initiator of National Schools Youth Arts Festival (Nasfest), which will be held next month in Lilongwe.
Dikamawoko Arts Director, Tawonga Nkhonjera, said they need K6 million for transport.
“We are still fundraising for flight tickets and passports for our traditional dancers. We would like to thank Lyco for pledging to support two dancers. This means we now only need eight passports to process,” Nkhonjera said.
He said they were running against time but would do their best to hold a few strategised performances for interested stakeholders in cultural exchanges, travel, tourism, entrepreneurship, trade and art among others.
“We will be emailing proposals, we will be knocking on doors and we hope to be successful,” Nkhonjera said.
The actor and filmmaker said this is more than a trip to showcase talent.
“This is a voice for people with special needs. This is a timely platform for us to tackle the inhumane issue of murder of people living with albinism. As Dikamawoko, we are saying, we are not less human because we were born with albinism, or because we have special needs,” he said.
He said Dikamawoko Arts has two members with albinism and one with dyslexia.
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