Music, Arts, & Culture

 Lake of Stars 2015 highlights

Children’s Future Festival

On 14 June 2015, Lake of Stars and UNICEF presented the first ever Children’s Future Festival in Lilongwe: from science displays to puppet shows, live music to sports demos, it was an action-packed day for all the family. On 19 June 2016, the returned for its successful second edition with live performances, workshops, games, and much more besides…

Lilongwe Shorts

Shot, edited, and screened all within a space of 24 hours, this video was created by Malawian filmmakers Mwizalero Nyirenda and Ernest Chikuni at the inaugural Lilongwe Shorts film festival on 8-9 May 2015 at Crossroads Hotel in Malawi. Lilongwe Tots, the short film festival for children, returned as part of the 2016 Children’s Future Festival, while the second edition of Lilongwe Shorts will take place in August 2016.

Mount Mulanje Porters Race + Island in the Sky Concert

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Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games enjoy the beats of Malawi’s finest

Lake of Stars brought Malawian artists Tay Grin and Mafilika together with The Very Best and Scottish musicians Stanley Odd for an energetic evening of hip hop afro-indie and dance-pop, celebrating Glasgow and Scotland’s relationship with Malawi on Saturday 26th July. The biggest Malawian show in the UK to date.  Find out more…

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LOS 2010/2011 Documentary now on Youtube

Watch the brilliant Stars in Malawi, a documentary by One Stop Shots filmed at the last two Lake of Stars festivals featuring Foals, Noisettes, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Afrikan Boy, BBC Radio 1’s Nihal, Oliver Mtukudzi, Tay Grin, and many more…

Peter Mawanga to perform in Glasgow at Celtic Connections

Following his performance at City of Stars, Peter and his band were booked by Scotland’s no. 1 winter festival, Celtic Connections. They performed two shows during their trip on 16th and 18th January 2014. Check out The Scotsman’s review of Peter’s performance during the incredible opening ceremony of Celtic Connections.

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City of Stars 2013 – The dust has settled…

So the dust has settled and the numbers are out – City of Stars was the biggest international arts festival Lilongwe has ever seen.  It was also the 10-year anniversary event of the Lake of Stars Project.  The Lake of Stars team delivered a week of culture in Lilongwe that included eight events hosted in six different locations around the city from 23rd to 28th September.  The main festival at Sanctuary Lodge attracted well over 2100 people and featured more than 50 acts from Malawi, Norway, UK, Zambia, South Africa, Kenya, Sweden, Tanzania, and DR Congo.

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Project director Will Jameson says: “City of Stars was a response to the Malawi Government who have talked recently about the need to develop the creative industries and focus on tourism. We wanted to further understand the opportunities and challenges for those working in the creative and travel industries, and see how together we can improve cultural tourism in Malawi. We thank everyone who made City of Stars possible!Festival impact in figures:         

  • 345 Malawian artists took part
  • 19 Nationalities attended the festival
  • 2166 people attended the festival
  • 40 delegates took part in the conference
  • Over 100 creative books donated to National Library
  • Over 3.3 million reached through media coverage
  • Generated media value of over $132, 539
  • Marketing campaign reached 560,000
  • Generated  $249,440 for Malawi
  • $175,000 spent directly by festival attendees, many from outside of Malawi

Live at the Sunset Sessions

Sunset Sessions

On Sunday 30 June, City of Stars presented the Sunset Sessions on the rooftop of the Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe, an event featuring live poetry and acoustic music from Jaco Jana, Yolanda Kaluma, Sirius, Patrick the Poet, Q Malewezi, and Menes. Celebrating the city and the arts, the Sunset Sessions provided stunning views of Lilongwe and acted as a preview of the festival’s new talent. Thanks to its success we are looking at making it a regular event in Lilongwe, so watch this space. Check out photos of the event on our Facebook, and live recordings of the performances on SoundCloud:

Lilongwe’s Creative Players

Taken in anticipation of the City of Stars Festival and Arts Conference in 2013, here are a series of photos by Maria Thundu showing some of Lilongwe’s creative players, taken at various locations across the city.

Joyce Chavula at Kamuzu Institute Theatre

Joyce Chavula at Kamuzu Institute Theatre

Jam at the Living Room

Jam at the Living Room

Tammy Mbendera at Parliament Ampitheatre

Tammy Mbendera at Parliament Ampitheatre

Elson at La Galleria

Elson at La Galleria

Zilanie Nyundo at Sanctuary Lodge

Zilanie Nyundo at Sanctuary Lodge

City of Stars Glasgow Launch Party

Glasgow Launch Party

Thanks to everyone who made it down to the Arches, Glasgow on Thursday for our festival launch party. We had a great night that included live music from Bwani Junction and Rise Kagona and the Jit Jive Band, DJ sets from Auntie Flo, and poetry from John Lwanda. A huge thanks also to David Livingstone 200 for supporting the event, and to the Scotland Malawi Partnership for helping us out on the night. Read about both the gig and City of Stars festival on STV Glasgow and on Get Out Glasgow.

A Country of Stars…

Malawi has an ever-expanding cultural scene ranging from city events such as Blantyre Arts Festival through to the award-winning Lake of Stars Festival. Check out the links below to get a taste of the talent and creativity rising up from the Warm Heart of Africa…

Events

Blantyre Arts Festival – Likoma Summer Festival – Sunbird Sand Music Festival

Organisations

Rhythm of Life – Lilongwe Music Crossroads – Lilongwe Nanzikambe Arts – Blantyre Arterial Network Malawi – Lilongwe Musicians Associations of Malawi – various locations Music of Malawi – Our sister blog showcasing sounds and videos of Malawian music. The site aims to give artists from Malawi a global audience and offer African music fans new sounds to discover.

Chief Chipoka Band
Chief Chipoka Band
Chiozo
Chiozo
Giddes Chalamanda and Wyndham Chechamba
Giddes Chalamanda and Wyndham Chechamba
Lulu
Lulu
Sally Nyundo
Sally Nyundo
Prince Martin
Prince Martin
Third Eye
Third Eye
The Very Best
The Very Best
Waliko
Waliko
Young Kay
Young Kay