Zomba to host Forest Hills fest


Zomba City will tomorrow and Saturday play host to a Forest Hills Festival to be held at Pakachere Backpackers Lodge.

This is a festival for a cause that seeks to raise funds that will go to Chisomo Children’s Club.

Agatha Chamanga, who is Head of Operations for a youth led programme known as PhilARThrophy, said yesterday they were prepared for the two-day festival.


“This is an up and coming initiative and we are connecting with Chisomo Children’s club because it deals with street children,” Chamanga said.

She said PhilARThropy was a multifaceted arts for social change youth initiative in the country that combines the power of creativity with a humanitarian passion to address youth issues on health, gender equality, education, arts, culture and social inclusion.

Chamanga said the project was coming under the Umunthu Children’s Fund which is a sub project of PhilARThropy hence coming up with the festival to raise funds for street children.


“Through this project, we also provide creative and literacy education through volunteering and sharing stories or what street children really go through,” she said.

She called on people to patronise the festival and also at the same time buy tickets to support the initiative.

“By buying the tickets which are on sale at the moment then you are contributing to this cause. There are some, who would not make it to the festival but they can buy tickets to support us,” Chamanga said.

The performances start tomorrow with video game tourney, trivia, music and poetry whereas on Saturday the activities that will take centrestage are theatre, dance and urban music.

Some of the artists set to light the inaugural festival are Bucci, Rina, Seven O More, That Guy, RJ the DJ, Mtameni, Praise Umali, Mathew, Evergreen the Poet, Phindu Banda and Lady Pace.

Chamanga said art makes an impact hence utilizing it fully.

“Art makes impact and makes a change. Through the festival people will also be learning art. We have more projects coming up and on top of that we are looking at throwing a children’s Christmas party,” she said.

Phindu, who has starred in several events and festivals, said she was ready for the showdown during the festival.

“It is an amazing initiative. I love the idea of channeling art in order to reach out to those in need and I am excited to be part of this experience,” she said.

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