National Schools Youth Arts Festival (Nasfest) which is now Nasfest International Youth Arts Festival to be held this coming weekend at Kamuzu Institute for Sports in Lilongwe is leaving no stone unturned in giving the creative industry the best when it will host master class workshops on top of performances.
Nasfest which is driven by Light of Youth Creative Organisation (Lyco) led by its Executive Director, James Kitchen, has said it wants to give out more to the industry hence having master class workshops.
According to Kitchen, he said their aim was not only to hold performances and offer people the much needed entertainment but also network and share ideas through workshops.
“We are looking at the bigger picture. We want to uplift the creative industry and we are happy with the progress we have made since we started. All we are looking for is the support, the creative industry has been sidelined for a long time,” Kitchen said.
The master classes workshops include children theatre – puppetry presentation to be done by Zambia’s Mulela Kumwenda, Director’s Corner workshop to be done by Bright Chayachaya and visual arts children workshop to be facilitated by Mccloud Munanzwa from Zambia.
The workshops will be held on February 7, 2020.
“We are ready for the main event. We did say last month that we were experiencing funding problems just like other events but we are going on as planned,” Kitchen said.
Some of the artists set to perform at this year’s event to be headlined by musician Wikise of the ‘Chikamphulikire’ fame include poets Raphael Sitima, Hudson Chamasowa, Yusuf Abubakar and Harmony Theatre.
He also said Kasama Arts and Mtsinje Trust Theatre from Zambia will also be part of this year’s festival.
“We are also having a film screening apart from training. We are also having awards which will go to 10 young theatre makers and 15 young achievers in theatre and film,” Kitchen said.
He said they launched the recognition awards for students, youth, artists, institutions and other players in 2012 as part of their contribution towards promotion of arts and culture in the country.
Kitchen also said that Lyco will during the festival present awards in form of printers to 10 schools which made it during the regional finals and they include Marymount Girls from the Northern Region, Lilongwe Girls, Darlo Girls and Robert Blake from the Central Region whereas in the Southern Region there are schools such as Zingwangwa, Zomba Catholic, Joyce Banda Foundation and Michiru Girls.
Meanwhile Kitchen has said since 2009, Lyco has managed to reach out to 92 secondary schools and over 9,000 youth in the country with the initiative.
Nasfest is this year also expected to decorate Zimbabwean arts practitioner Chidochemoyo Musasiwa- Gutu with a noble award.