Tumaini Festival set for 5th edition


The free-of–charge Tumaini Festival starts today and ends tomorrow at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa.

Since its inception in 2014, the festival has grown tremendously, attracting adoration from fun lovers who patronise it in thousands.

Tumaini Founder, Menes la Plume, said Thursday they were happy that the fifth edition of the festival is finally here and called on people to come in large numbers.


“We have worked very hard putting things together and I would like to thank the team which is behind all this. We have had fundraising events including the launch party recently in Lilongwe. We also did the crowd funding to raise funds and the response has been overwhelming,” Menes, who is also a poet and musician, said.

Unlike during its early years when the festival was taking place only for a day, this time the festival is in a two-day showdown which will see performances from different acts, including artists based at Dzaleka Refugee Camp.

The festival, however, will this year clash with another top festival, Sand Music, taking place for three days at Kabumba Hotel in Salima.


Another member of the organising team, Euphrate Kamchocho, hopes for a great experience for fun lovers who will be treated to poetry, theatre and traditional dances acts, apart from music.

“Apart from the performances, people also have time to sample different foods including chapatti,” Kamchocho said Thursday.

The festival, to run on two stages, Elikya and Kwizera, starts this afternoon at 2. There is also the Cultural Ground platform.

The festival also has theatre and poetry corners that will feature workshops and performances coming from among others, Solomonic Peacocks, Vilipanganga Poetry Movement, Chanco Travelling Theatre and Dzaleka Refugee Camp Drama Group.

It is also set to offer ‘Fashion in the Dust’ tomorrow afternoon driven by Mzuzu Fashion Week which will take place on the Cultural Ground.

Some of the acts set to perform today include Lady Pace, Trizah Titus, Princess Chitsulo, ProVoice, Rudo Mkukupa Chakwera, Moto Buu, Ishan Capital and Breath of Life.

Tumaini hits the climax tomorrow with performances from, among others, Patience Namadingo, Patrick Chimbewa, Tudulos from Mozambique, Soul Raiders, Krazy Colours, KBG, Suffix, Danny Kalima, Keturah, Chichiri Prison Cultural Troupe and Amahoro Drummers.

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