The May 25 Wembley Champions League final and a tight schedule at the Bingu International Conference Centre have forced organisers of ‘The Shaking World’ art exhibition to be shifted to June instead of this month as initially planned.
Lilongwe-based fine artist Stainer Chindebvu and renowned photographer Manirohini Sivasubramaniamare the brains behind the art exposition.
This means Lilongwe fine arts enthusiasts have to wait a little longer before having yet another exceptional exhibition since last year’s Bwalo la Aluso festival.
But in an interview on Tuesday, the organisers say the opening of the art exposition will be on 8 June at the Bingu International Conference Centre, and it will run for three weeks across the city.
“This came about after discussions with some of our key sponsors. We found out that on the 25th of May, there is the Champions League final and as you may know the ´two competing finalists are German and as you are aware of how big football is, most people would likely be watching the game, so we were advised to think about that,” said Chindebvu before adding: “We also found out that a number of important invitees will not be around during the end of May.”
The June art event is supported by the German Embassy, GIZ, National Bank of Malawi, Ministry of Tourism and Culture and other sponsors.
The German Embassy usually organises a football evening when a German team is competing in the finals, and this time, the embassy has confirmed things will not be different.
The exhibition is expected to display around 30 paintings/photo paintings as well as 10 photos.
“After the opening, the art pieces will be presented for about three weeks in three different places: At Latitude, Serendipty and Buchanan in Lilongwe,” said Manirohini Sivasubramaniam.
Chindebvu added: “We would like to welcome around 250-300 guests to enjoy art and discuss art in Malawi.”
If last year’s promo exhibition is anything to go by, the June exposition promises fireworks. The two artists thrilled city residents and tourists alike with their exquisite artworks.
Though last year’s mock exhibition was initially meant for to run for a week, it went on for another week after the turn up picked up. Much of the exhibited artworks were sold at a fortune.