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No rest for Tumaini Festival

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

Organisers of Tumaini Festival held at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa District have moved in fast to announce next year’s dates.

The announcement has shown their intent and seriousness in the way they want to go about the business.

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The festival will maintain its two days and will be held on November 1 and 2 2019.

Tumaini Festival founder, Menes la Plume, said Monday they have revealed the dates for people to start preparations.

“We want people to develop that habit of planning for this festival and put it in their diaries, hence announcing next year’s dates,” Menes said.

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He also said this year’s festival attracted over 30,000 people from all walks of life over the two days.

“It was an immense pleasure to be able to put more than 30,000 people together during the two-day festival. Tumaini is growing rapidly in so many aspects,” he said.

Menes said the success of this year’s festival makes them believe that it has potential to become a global phenomenon.

The festival started on Friday and ended on Saturday with several performances across the two days with different arts disciplines.

“I am so happy on how the festival is growing and impressed with how the Dzaleka community has taken it as their own event. From a place of desperation Dzaleka has become a place of inspiration and celebration”, he said.

Menes also hailed the support from Malawian brothers and sisters showing that “we are all Africans and we all human beings”.

He thanked all the artists for offering their talents and time, passion and love, to bring joy to people’s hearts.

“Thank you to the 260 volunteers for running up and down to make magic happen, thank you to the security team for the hard work and ensuring we were all safe and sound,” he said.

Menes also said he was glad that everything went well without any incident reported. Apart from raising funds through crowdfunding, the festival got support from UNHCR Malawi, Plan International Malawi, UN Women Malawi, NFB, Klaus, Zeeya and the Malawi government.

Emmanuel Kamwenje, who is Madalitso Band co-manager, said he enjoyed the festival to the fullest.

“It was all good and fun; most of all was the connection of people of different backgrounds and then comes the artistic works and food,” Kamwenje said.

Dennis Imaan also said the social interaction was good during the festival.

“The people of Dzaleka are too friendly and their stories and the fact that they do not have the freedom we enjoy, has helped me change how I take each day,” Imaan said.

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