Tumaini Festival beckons artists


Tumaini Letu has asked artists to submit applications ahead of the seventh edition of the annual free Tumaini Festival held at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa District.

The festival will be held from November 4 to 7.

Trésor Nzengu Mpauni better known Menes La Plume, who is founder and director of Tumaini Letu, said Monday that they have so far received close to 200 applications from different countries.


“We are getting ready at the moment. We know at the moment we have a rise in Covid cases but we believe the situation will be normal come November,” he said.

Mpauni said, in case there is a rise in Covid cases, they will still go ahead with the festival without fail but would follow all precautionary measures.

“We have plans incase Covid cases rise in November but we pray for the better. We will have events around the camp for targeted audiences, the number will be limited and we might also use online,” he said.


Tumaini is one of the festivals which announced that it will take place this year alongside Sand Music Festival.

The other top festivals, Blantyre Arts and Lake of Stars will not take place.

“We just want artists to keep applying and this includes musicians, actors, poets and dancers,” Mpauni said.

The deadline for receiving applications is July 31 2021.

He said artists should make their applications by going to their website and all its social media sites.

The festival features arts activities such as traditional dances, live music, theatre, poetry, fashion shows, art exhibitions and film screenings.

Meanwhile, Mpauni has said by public demand, this year’s edition will run for a period of four days instead of the usual three days.

Mpauni also said in an effort to provide a platform for various art forms, Tumaini Festival has increased the number of stages to six namely main stage, youth stage, theatre corner, poetry corner, art exhibition space and cultural ground.

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