Festival

Kachere Kastle

Something new is coming to the lake, Lake of Stars Discovery.  A boutique festival like no other, taking place in a beautiful, remote part of Malawi where a castle stands on the curve of a tropical lake.

Offering a unique, immersive adventure, Lake of Stars Discovery will bring you a curated line up of music, talks, poetry, theatre, film, art and wellness activities from Malawi and across the globe, in an intimate and inspiring setting. Read more about the line up below.

Join us for a three day adventure of a lifetime from 27 – 29 September 2019. Limited festival tickets on sale now. Head to our ticket page to find out where to pick one up.

Read our FAQ sheet for more information about the festival.

Location

Tucked away in the Nkhata Bay district on Malawi’s tropical northern lake shore, 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. The perfect place to relax and disconnect.

There are no rooms available to stay on site at the festival but all tickets include three night’s camping in the beautiful grounds of Kachere Kastle.

Prefer to sleep under the stars in style? A limited number of comfy camping packages are now available to book through our partners. Visit our travel page to find out more.

Line up

Discover some of the best new contemporary music from Africa alongside more established names at Lake of Stars Discovery.  We’re teaming up with one of the continent’s brightest agencies, Black Major, for a showcase featuring a trio of South Africa’s current hottest acts: DJ Lag, credited as the man responsible for putting Gqom on the international electronic map and producer on Beyonce’s The Gift; self-styled ‘Future ghetto punk’ pioneer Moonchild Sanelly, a blue-haired creative powerhouse who’s music fuses experimental electronic, afro-punk, hip hop and jazz; and South African Music Awards winning afro-soul star Bongeziwe Mabandla. Alongside them will be a wealth of talent from Malawi including storyteller and poet Upile Chisala, leading jazz musician Erik Paliani; Afrima award winning Hazel Mak;  legendary Malawi / UK duo The Very Best; reggae’s first lady Sangie; musician and activist Lazarus; multi-award winning dancehall king Malinga; one of Malawi’s hottest turntable wizards, RJ the DJ; singer / rapper and guitarist Praise Umali and rising soul star Nandi. Namibia’s first mistress of rap, Lioness; multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter Amanda Black; South Africa’s singer/songwriter/producer Wandile Mbambeni; Zimbabwe’s Music According To Percussion group; Tanzanian reggae artist Jhikoman and rising Zambian gospel star Olivia also join the bill.

More to be announced.


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.

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.

Check out our 2018 Spotify playlist.


Day of Ideas

On 27 September 2018 we hosted the Day of Ideas, an inspiring free community event supported by the EU in Malawi. 1000 local students from the Salima district of Malawi came and explored topics including gender, nutrition, technology, science and leadership.

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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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