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Secondary and primary school youth from all hamlets will know no better destination than the Kamuzu Institute for Sports in Lilongwe.

It is time for the annual National Schools Youth Arts Festival (Nasfest) again and, this time, the appointed date is Saturday.

Nasfest organiser, James Kitchen, said in an interview on Thursday that preparations for the event have been finalised.

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Kitchen, who is Light of Youth Creative Organisation Executive Director and Vice- General Secretary of the National Theatre Association of Malawi-Central Region Chapter, said this year’s festival has attracted 11 schools.

“We are happy that students from 10 secondary schools and one primary school, Wala from Chiradzulu District, have confirmed that they will participate in this year’s Nasfest. This is an opportunity to continue drilling the youth in various disciplines of arts. Some of them may end up becoming active players in the arts industries, which is a positive development because not all youth may secure employment,” Kitchen said.

Nasfest, which has been a fixture on the national arts calendar since May 4 2009, attracts participants who are learning the ropes in genres such as drama and poems.

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“The objective remains to disseminate life-saving information to the youth through the arts. Again, students get the opportunity to network and learn from each other. If we want to inculcate the spirit of togetherness in the youth, we have to start now. Otherwise, it will be too late,” Kitchen said.

However, the renowned actor said this year’s festival would be held in one day, from 8: 00am to 5: 30pm.

“We want to see how things fare and, then, we may think of holding it for two or three days,” Kitchen said.

Kitchen said arts activities can go a long way in keeping youth busy, thereby saving them from indulging in immoral behaviour.

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