Festival

Lake of Stars Discovery: 27 – 29 September 2019

Kachere Kastle photo 1

After 15 years, something new is coming to the lake. Lake of Stars Festival returns this year in an exciting new format: Lake of Stars Discovery. The three-day celebration will take place in a beautiful, remote setting where a castle stands on the curve of the lake – Kachere Kastle.

Located in the Nkhata Bay district, northern Malawi, Kachere Kastle is a stunning lodge built in the style of a Moroccan castle, set on rolling white sands by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi.

Offering a unique, immersive adventure for festival goers, Lake of Stars Discovery will bring you a curated line up of music, talks, poetry, theatre, film, art and wellness activities, in an intimate and inspiring setting. More details on the line up will be announced soon.

Tickets will be released later this month.


Lake of Stars Festival 2018

On September 28 – 30 Lake of Stars returned to Malawi’s central region for our 15th anniversary celebrations. More than 5000 festival-goers enjoyed three days of amazing music and culture from international, regional and local artists. The festival took place at Kabumba Hotel in Salima, set on a wide expanse of rolling golden sands backed by a lush wooded hillside.

From jazz to hip hop, Afro-pop to EDM, reggae to percussion, an exciting and eclectic selection of world class and emerging musical acts graced the festival’s three performance areas.  Over 60 artists spanning 12 nationalities took to the stages, with homegrown local talent playing alongside established international names including global electronic giants Major Lazer and Kenyan superstars Sauti Sol.  Alongside the music were interactive talks, poetry, traditional dance, fashion, theatre and art. Morning yoga and dance sessions were on hand for early-risers whilst beach-stage sponsor TNM offered games of bawo, volleyball and tug of war, and Skate Malawi set up the country’s first ever roller skating rink in an empty swimming pool!

Read The Independent’s review of the festival. Watch the highlights reel:

As part of our commitment to supporting the communities that welcome us to their shores, materials from the 2018 festival have been turned it into desks for a local school. Wood from the beach stage has been recycled and made into 50 school desks by local carpenters and donated to Mikute Primary school in Salima. We would like to say a big thank you to Raising Malawi for helping make this possible. Here’s how it happened.

2018 programme:

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2018 line up:

Check out our Spotify playlist.


Lake of Stars London

Lake of Stars London took place on March 10 2018 in the first London Borough of Culture, Waltham Forest!  Showcasing exciting arts and culture from the UK and Africa, including a day and night of live and electronic music, theatre, film, exhibitions, family activities and more. Download the full programme here.

The festival climaxed in a huge evening show with live performances and collaborations at the Art Deco Grade II listed Walthamstow Assembly Hall on Forest Road. Featuring M.anifest (Ghana), Frightened Rabbit (Scotland), Faith Mussa (Malawi), Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa), Wezi Heartsound (Zambia), Zathu (Malawi) and Goldierocks (UK). Watch the video highlights over on our Facebook page.

Daytime artists

Alim Kamara // Ambitus Theatre // Bad Honey // Beating Heart Music // Bebop Baby disco // Biram Seck // Cowboy Flaying Saucer // Gemma Griffiths // Heather’s House of Stories // Kalima // Humphries Kantazi // Juma Harding Dimmock // Krix Panx // Lemzi // Lilongwe Shorts // Magic Box // Mbilla Arts // Passion Bel Canon // Walthamstow Rock n Roll Bookclub // Nkomba // Sans Soucis Experience // Scribble & Smudge  // Setondji Spirit // Strings Between Us // The Petebox // WAVE Choir // Wood Street Walls // Zaluso Arts


Lake of Stars Glasgow

Lake of Stars Glasgow took place at The Art School on March 11 2018, with free daytime performances and a special Malawi market featuring arts and crafts, fashion, coffee & tea, chilli sauce and more from Malawi producers.

The evening show featured live performances from M.anifest (Ghana), Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit), Faith Mussa (Malawi), Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa), Wezi Heartsound (Zambia), Zathu (Malawi) and Michael Pedersen (Neu! Reekie!)  followed by an after-party with Auntie Flo and friends.

Daytime artists

L-Space // Kobi Onyame // Bwani Junction // Kalima // Moyenda // Davie Luhanga


Lake of Stars Festival 2016

  • 52 Malawian acts performed
  • 22 artists and creative practitioners took part in seminars and workshops
  • 80+ volunteers from Malawi powered the festival working across a range of roles
  • Over 2 million reached through our marketing campaign
  • Over 1500 young people enjoyed our free community concert with UNICEF and Ministry of Youth
  • 500 students enjoyed our Day of Ideas event with our partners the EU
  • $1.8 million was generated for Malawi’s economy
  • 800 non-Malawian visitors attended, 34% of the ticket holding audience

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Lake of Stars Festival 2015

LOS Malawian Performers Collage (2015)


Lake of Stars Festival 2014


City of Stars Festival 2013

 

LOS International Performers Collage (2014 and 2015)


Previous Festivals

International acts at previous Lake of Stars events have included Afrikan Boy, Andy Cato (Groove Armada), Annie Mac, Beatenburg, Beverley Knight, Bombay Bicycle Club, Christian Tiger School, Eddy Temple-Morris, Felix B (Basement Jaxx), Foals, Freshlyground, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Gilles Peterson, Goldfish, Goldierocks, Jon McClure (Reverend and the Makers), Joe Goddard (Hot Chip), John Wizards, DJ Kelechi, K’naan, The Maccabees, Mafikizolo, Mary Anne Hobbs, Mokoomba, Nick Mulvey, The Noisettes, Oliver Mtukudzi, Reason, Ric Hassani, Rob da Bank, Rodney P & Skitz, Sauti Sol, Scratch Perverts, Selmor Mtukudzi, Seth Lakeman, Stanley Odd, Sway, Timo Maas, Toya Delazy, Tumi, Uhuru, The Very Best, YADi, DJ Yoda, Young Fathers, Zeus, Zone Fam, and many more.

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