Festival

Lake of Stars Festival 2018

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After a year’s break we’re returning to the Warm Heart of Africa, in Malawi’s central region for our 15th anniversary celebrations. Get ready for three days of amazing music and culture from international, regional and local artists, plus poetry, drama, dance, beach games, sports, kid’s activities and much more! The festival takes place at an exciting new venue in Salima just two hours easy drive from the capital, Lilongwe. Located at the foot of Senga Hills, the stunning site is set on a wide expanse of rolling golden sands backed by a lush wooded hillside.

Date: September 28 – 30 2018

Venue: Kabumba Hotel resort, Leopards Bay, Salima

Tickets: Advance tickets are now on sale in Malawi at selected outlets nationwide.  International tickets are available to book online. Visit our tickets page for more information.

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Festival accommodation: On-site camping booking is now open. If you’re in Malawi make a reservation by calling +265 888 337 700 / +265 999 337 700 or email info@kabumbahotel.com / reservations@kabumbahotel.com. International visitors have the option to include three night’s camping when you buy your ticket online.  Outside Adventures are offering a limited number of on-site ‘comfy camping’ packages including a pre-erected tent, camping mattresses,  sleeping bags, light and more are also available to book. Find out more.

For more information and advice about accommodation and visiting Malawi head over to our travel page.


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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