The Department of culture through Division of Arts and Crafts in conjunction with the National Theatre Association of Malawi has engaged itself in a cultural exchange programme with a group of eight theatre actors and actresses from Denmark, Iceland and Sweden collectively referred to as “The Northern Light”.
Each of the Northern Light performers has multiple talents in theatre including: Comedy, clowning, acrobatics, juggling, mime, voice training, working with masks, fire-dancing and physical theatre training.
The development came after Bent Blindbaek, a theatre director visited the Department and proposed the cultural exchange program.
“The Department of culture has engaged in the programme because it is to be a step in profiling up the theatre and cultural industries in Malawi. Further the project will expose our theatre practitioners to new and probably more advanced performance tradition,” read an executive summary sent to The Nation.
According to the executive summary, the project has also been seen by the Department as an opportunity to implement the 2005 Unesco Convention on the protection and promotion of the Diversity of cultural Expressions by promoting cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.
The programme will run from 23rd May to 4 June with Performances at Kungoni Cultural Centre in Dedza, Blantyre Cultural Centre in Blantyre and Chipasula Secondary School in Lilongwe.