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Malawi to host Sound Connects Fund meet

FLASHBACK—Creatives network during a previous meet

The country will from September 26 through to October 1 2022 host creatives from Southern Africa in a Sound Connects Fund Networking and Capacity Building workshop at Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe.

Implemented by Music in Africa Foundation (Miaf) in partnership with Goethe-Institut, the Sound Connects Fund is a multifaceted initiative that aims to accelerate development and increase the capacity of the cultural and creative industries in Southern Africa including Malawi by offering financial support in form of grants and comprehensive capacity building programmes.

A press statement says the workshop is part of the fund’s capacity building programme designed to support and empower the sub-grantees as they deliver their Sound Connects Fund-funded projects.

About 20 delegates representing the Sound Connects Fund’s second cohort of grantees from seven Southern African countries will be in attendance.

The workshop is expected to include activities that foster sharing, peer to peer learning, team building and networking.

“All topics to be covered during the workshop will be geared towards capacitating the delegates as organisational leaders, who will be afforded the opportunity to engage various players and organisations in the Malawian cultural and creative industries space, including sub-grantees based in the country,” the statement reads.

The first Sound Connects Fund grantee networking and capacity building workshop took place in South Africa in February this year and Malawi was represented by Tumaini Letu, University of Malawi and Music Crossroads Malawi as grantees.

Violet Maila from Miaf said they were proud to be hosting the capacity focused workshop for the fund’s second cohort of grantees.

“The programme is interactive and engaging and provides a great opportunity for them to network, connect and learn from each other,” Maila said.

Goethe Institut Johannesburg Head of Culture and Development Carolin Christgau said: “We hope that, in addition to hosting a successful workshop, we will be able to garner more awareness about the fund in the region, which will publish its last open call in December 2022”.

Meanwhile, University of Malawi, as a grantee, continues its Sula Professional Development training as it is set to hold free one-week workshops for artists and journalists.

The workshops, initiated through Department of Fine and Performing Arts at University of Malawi in Zomba, will start on October 3 to 7 2022.

Recently University of Malawi held a one-week Sula incubation programme that brought together 21 artists from different disciplines

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