Festival

Lake of Stars Festival

We will celebrate our fifteenth anniversary this year with festivals and events taking place in Malawi, London, and Glasgow!

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Set It Off, Zomba

SIO Digital Artwork v8Lake of Stars kickstarts the fifteenth-anniversary celebrations with ‘Set It Off’, taking a new approach to showcasing some of the diversity of talent in Malawi. A free event open to everyone on Saturday 27 January 2018 at Zomba’s Chancellor College. Tickets available from Chancellor College and Pakachere Backpackers in Zomba, and Kwa Haraba in Blantyre.

Lake of Stars London

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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; Scottish alt-folk act Frightened Rabbit in a stripped back set; 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 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.

“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.

Lake of Stars London thanks its partners Waltham Forest Council, Sound Thread, British Council, Wood Street Walls, Alternative London, and Eventbrite.

Artist applications are now open for our London show on 10 March in Walthamstow. We are looking for live acts, DJs, poets, theatre groups, and short films and are especially keen to hear from acts based in Scotland and those from the African diaspora. The callout is for artists based in the UK only and the deadline is 19 January 2018. Apply here.

Join the Facebook event for updates. Tickets are now on sale with Eventbrite.

Glasgow

Lake of Stars Glasgow is a one-day event happening on Sunday 11 March 2018 which aims to champion creative connections between Scotland and Africa.

The one-day event will take place on Sunday 11 March 2018 at Glasgow Art School from 11am to 2am and feature free daytime activities showcasing the diversity of the countries’ creative sectors followed by a ticketed evening concert.

The evening line-up includes Scott Hutchinson, frontman for Scottish alt-folk act Frightened Rabbit, Ghanaian hip hop artist M.anifest, Malawi singer-songwriter Faith Mussa, poet Michael Pedersen, and DJ Auntie Flo.

The Glasgow event builds on three years of Creative Scotland and Scotland–Malawi cultural collaborations, by showcasing creatives from Southern Africa alongside rising Scottish stars. The event be the curtain-raiser to the Scotland-Malawi Partnership’s ‘Buy Malawi Week’, promoting trade between the countries by showcasing products such as coffee, tea, chilli sauce, rice, visual arts and crafts.

“Our ambition is to create long lasting connections between Scotland and Malawi, building on the 150-year relationship between the two countries to unite art forms, audiences, and artists from both countries and integrate cultural networks and communities. We feel that, by bringing Malawi and Scotland closer together, new ideas and inspiration can be generated from both sides that will positively impact audiences in each country,” said Lake of Stars founder Will Jameson.

Artist applications for Lake of Stars Glasgow on 11 March are now open. We are looking for live acts, DJs, poets, and theatre groups and are especially keen to hear from acts based in Scotland and those from the African diaspora. The callout is for artists based in the UK only and the deadline is 19 January 2018. Apply here.

Join the Facebook event for updates.

Lake Malawi

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

Download the full 2018 press release here.

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

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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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