Organisers of Lake of Stars have described this year’s festival as the
best ever with a record number of patrons as well as acts.
Since its inception, the 2015 festival has recorded the highest number of acts, over 90 and festival goers exceeded the 2014 attendance at 4,500.
Festival director, Will Jameson summed up the 2015 edition: “In 72 hours, 90 acts from over ten countries rocked three stages, festival goers engaged in community outreach adventures, a beach fashion show and fringe theatre, literature workshops, a tech hub, urban art with a collaborative graffiti art expo and foodie huts were just some of the experiences available at the festival.
“It was epic. We’ve had thousands of people attend from all over
Malawi, Africa and the world. We’ve had incredible performances from Gwamba and Lucius Solider Banda through to mercury prize winners Young Fathers and Zimbabwe’s afro-rockers Mokoomba.
He added: “This has been our best yet, with diverse acts on and off stage. Highlights have been the Burundian drummers, the Vagina Monologues Malawi and our interactive technology tent. We want to thank all the volunteers and sponsors who
made this year so special.”
For the first time since the festival moved to Mangochi in 2009, the gates opened to locals in the district for a special community concert sponsored by the United Nations in Malawi.
The concert featured the HeforShe gender equality champion Lawi, musician-activist Solider and the stars from the safeguard young people’s project.
The festival was made possible by sponsors including Airtel Malawi, Ethiopian Airlines, Malawian Airlines, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Creative Scotland, Unicef, UN Women, UNFPA, Sunny Money, DSTV, BNL publications, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, Capital FM, Sunbird Hotels and Resorts and Concerts SA.