Festival

Lake of Stars Festival

We will celebrate our 15th anniversary next year with festivals and events taking place in Malawi, London, and Glasgow!

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Taking place on Saturday 10 March 2018, Lake of Stars London is a one-day multi-venue arts festival set in Waltham Forest, championing new talent from the UK and Africa. The festival will host live and electronic music, poetry, theatre, film screenings, book readings, and exhibitions across eight venues in Walthamstow with most activities being free entry. The mornings will be family-focused with craft workshops and puppet shows through to DJ workshops and interactive theatre.

The London festival will close with a ticketed evening concert featuring artists from the UK, Malawi, Ghana, and South Africa at Walthamstow Assembly Hall. Confirmed artists include internationally acclaimed, award-winning hip hop artist from Ghana, M.anifest and Malawian singer-songwriter Faith Mussa. More artists will be announced shortly. Funds raised from ticket sales will go towards producing the Malawi festival taking place 28 – 30 September 2018.

Lakes of Stars Festival Founder Will Jameson:

“Our 15th anniversary celebrations in London and Glasgow will offer a unique chance for UK artists to perform and collaborate with some of the best new acts from Africa. Over the years our events have attracted an amazing line up of talent from UK bands such as the Foals, Maccabees, and Young Fathers through to African legends like Oliver Mtukudzi and Mafikizolo. Having kickstarted Malawi’s festival industry, we are taking things full circle by further developing platforms for African artists in the UK, which is why we are excited to be working with Waltham Forest Council to host our London-based events in such a vibrant borough which is bidding to become the first London Borough of Culture in 2019.

“Walthamstow is experiencing a creative regeneration we want to help grow. Both Hoe Street and Wood Street are changing rapidly, with great venues, street art, and a diverse community. Lake of Stars London will boost awareness of the area, engage local artists and contribute to the economy.”

Cllr. Ahsan Khan, Cabinet Member for Libraries Arts and Culture at Waltham Forest Council, said: “we are delighted to host Lake of Stars’ 2018 London event and to encourage such fantastic links between musicians in the UK and Africa. The festival will be one of the opening events of our new arts and live music programme at WAH17, which once hosted the likes of The Rolling Stones and Ronnie Scott in the past.”

Further details about the London festival will be announced soon. Details on the LOS Glasgow event will be announced in December. To learn more about Waltham Forest’s bid to become the first London Borough of Culture in 2019 and pledge your support, please visit https://wfculture19.co.uk/ by 1 December 2017.

Lake of Stars London thanks its partners Waltham Forest Council, Sound Thread, British Council, Countryside PLC, and Eventbrite.

Lake of Stars will return to the beaches of Lake Malawi 28 – 30 September 2018.

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2016 Lake of Stars Festival

Check out coverage of Lake of Stars 2016 in Vice Thump and The Guardian.

Chintheche Inn, Lake Malawi
Friday 30 September – Sunday 2 October 2016

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2015 Lake of Stars Festival

LOS Malawian Performers Collage (2015)

 

2014 Lake of Stars Festival

 

2013 City of Stars Festival

 

LOS International Performers Collage (2014 and 2015)

International headliners at Lake of Stars events have included Afrikan Boy, Andy Cato (Groove Armada), Annie Mac, 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, Selmor Mtukudzi, Seth Lakeman, Stanley Odd, Sway, Toya Delazy, Tumi, Uhuru, The Very Best, YADi, DJ Yoda, Young Fathers, DJ Wildcat 74/5, Zeus, Zone Fam, and many more.

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