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No Warm Heart Poetry Fest this year

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

TAKING A BREAK THIS YEAR—Poet Benedicto Wokomaatani Malunga (right) giving a trophy to Sauka’s widow last year

Organisers of the Warm Heart Poetry Festival have said the event will not take place this year.

The annual festival, which debuted in 2017, came into effect to give poets a chance to display their works.

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The festival was expected to take place this month, having been shifted from December.

One of the organisers, Sylvester Kalizang’oma, who is a well-known poet, said they had decided not to hold it this year to give themselves ample time for preparations.

“Of course, we promised people last year that the festival is here to stay but, looking at things on the ground, we thought we should concentrate on next year’s event and not this year. It is not about money; we have the money and the sponsors are there but we want to have an international festival and so the best was to do it well and that can only be next year,” Kalizang’oma said.

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The ‘Unkalindanji Moyo’ star, alongside other players in the creative industry decided to introduce the festival after observing that Land of Poets, run by Poetry Association of Malawi (Pam), was no longer in the picture.

Kalizang’oma said they had arranged other mini events for poets to showcase their works but also give people the much needed entertainment.

“There are lots of projects coming up where poets will keep people busy until we have the festival,” he said.

During its first year, the festival decorated veteran poet Alfred Msadala and last year they recognised the late Michael Sauka, composer of the country’s national anthem.

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