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Time for Tumaini, Hangout, Focus on Ability festivals

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This weekend will be eventful for arts lovers as it hosts the free-of-charge Tumaini Festival at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa, Focus on Ability Film Festival spearheaded by Focus on Ability Society at Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (Mubas) in Blantyre and Hangout Festival at Kabumba Hotel in Salima.

Tumaini Festival, now in its eighth edition, and set to feature a total of 80 performances spread across different artistic disciplines, started Thursday with workshops and film screenings and runs up to Saturday.

The festival’s founder Tresor Mpauni better known as Menes la Plume in the artistic circles said Thursday they were looking at nothing but the best once again this year.

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“We are 100 percent ready and looking forward to an exciting time. We call upon people to come and experience performances in different art disciplines such as theatre, dance, music, poetry, visual arts and sample food such as chapatti,” Menes said.

With stages such as cultural, Kwizera, Elikva, poetry and theatre corners, some of the acts today include Nyandoro Mthenga, Nyago, Queen Fyah, Beanca, Mitengeli, Forus Crew, Atoht Manje, DJ Maya, Gule Wamkulu, Lumumba Dance, Krazy Colours, Freedom and Mtola Moto.

The festival will Saturday feature artists such as Martha Mituka, Gwamba, Tsar Leo, Salama Dancers, Don Tarz, DJ Hugo, AB Deevado, Sam Shaba, Amahoro Drummers, YDC Theatre, Rise Arts, Joram Nyirongo, Madalitso Band, Chris Msosa, Phindu Zaie, Neil Nayar, Vilipanganga Poetry Movement and Move International.

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Menes said Tumaini, which means hope, strives to use entertainment and artistic expressions to continue promoting inter-cultural harmony, mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence between refugees and their host community.

While some people will be enjoying different acts at Tumaini, others will be having fun at Hangout Festival which starts today through to Sunday.

The festival was expected to be held last month but it was shifted to this weekend “We are ready and we call upon people to be part of this year’s festival. We have worked so hard and our prayer is that everything should run smoothly,” Wachipeta Mkandawire, Hangout Festival Director, said.

This is the fourth edition of the festival which debuted at Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima.

In Blantyre Saturday Focus on Ability Film Festival Malawi driven by Focus on Ability Society (Foas) in partnership with Nova Employment of Australia will be held in Mubas new auditorium in Blantyre.

The free entry red carpet event will among others feature screenings of short films and documentaries as well as award winners.

The theme for the competition this year is ‘Focus on the Ability’ and according to For as Executive Director Mackdolnald Nyirenda, their goal is to bring to light talents of persons with disabilities.

In another development, Lilongwe Community will on Sunday host a Natural Beauty show featuring several acts.

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