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‘Zomba City Festival heading in right direction’

ARTISTIC—A child undergoes face painting as her mother looks on

Organisers of the Zomba City Festival have said they were happy to have managed to attract good crowds at all the venues during its second edition that started on Friday and ended on Monday.

The festival’s publicist Dereck Nyirenda said people enjoyed activities such as music including hiking, visual arts and movie screenings.

“We are definitely calling out to get more sponsors next year. We had some challenges here and there but we are positive that now people understand the concept and we had so much feedback from visitors and artists alike. A lot of artists just stayed to enjoy the festival and this is the vibe we are aiming for,” Nyirenda said.

He said, being the second edition, it was also a learning experience for them and that they are growing bigger to set up systems for their team.

“We also learned that we need a lot more food stalls. We had an amazing and inspiring speech from the mayor. The Botanic Gardens were a beautiful backdrop to visual arts, performances and a fashion show and we also had a few amazing bonus performances from Beejay, Quest and Mazani,” Nyirenda said.

Zomba City Festival is organised by Zomba Arts Platform (Zap), a non- profit organisation that supports art in the country through training, internships, public relations services, event solutions and artists management.

The festival this year attracted over 50 acts across seven venues and, apart from Botanic Gardens, the other venues were Gymkhana Club, The Heritage Centre and The Mixed and Sunbird Ku Chawe.

Artists who performed at the festival include Waliko Makhala and Dali.

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