The climax of the Misuku Art Challenge spearheaded by a non-governmental organisation Sustainable Rural Growth and Development Initiative (SRGDI) will be held tomorrow in Lilongwe.
SRGDI Executive Director, Maynard Nyirenda, confirmed the development Thursday.
The Misuku Art Challenge is a national competition that saw 12 artists, particularly photographers, filmmakers and visual artists in the country, being selected to showcase the beauty and ecological, cultural, aesthetical and economic value of Misuku Hills Forest Reserves.
The 12 artists travelled to Misuku Hills last month where they captured different stories and have been working on them producing short movies, photographs, paintings and sculptors among others.
The artists now have to show their works to the public during an exhibition which will also see winners being selected.
“The event is on tomorrow (Friday). Government, donor partners and non-governmental organisations will be available,” Nyirenda said.
Some of the artists said they were looking forward to the exhibition as it will offer them a platform to showcase their works.
The artists were given a deadline of May 12 to submit their works.
Nyirenda said they engaged artists in the art challenge after realising the important role they play in disseminating information using their talents.
Nyirenda said they value art and its contribution to the development of the country, hence engaging them through the competition.
“This area is very remote and separated from major towns and cities in the country. It is little known and yet it is very rich on top of being a tourist attraction area,” Nyirenda said.
Misuku Hills Forest Reserve is located in Chitipa District in the Northern Region.
Nyirenda further said that most Malawians are not aware of unique beauty and ecological, cultural, aesthetical and economic value of Misuku Hills Forest Reserves.
Nyirenda said that Misuku Hills’ potential in tourism is huge and yet the area receives less than 100 local and international tourists a year.
“Little is being done to raise awareness and market Misuku Hills and there are just a few photos on websites. And very few companies and government departments have shown interest in investing in it,” he said.
The art challenge is being driven by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund.
SRGDI is a 2016 Africa Seed Award winner and its mission is to improve the quality of lives and livelihoods of vulnerable and marginalised people and promote sustainable development.
The NGO has been working with Misuku Hills Beekeepers Association on conservation of Misuku Hills.
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