One of the country’s big music and arts festivals, The Lake of Stars (LoS), will not take place this year, organisers have announced.
LoS head of media and communication Zilanie Gondwe said the break will give organisers time to focus on new projects such as LoS London that promotes Malawi music and culture.
“Our mission is to promote Malawi culture and travel through events and those events will not always take place in Malawi,” she said.
Gondwe said the next LoS festival will take place in 2021.
“We are planning some exciting events in Malawi also. As you know we also do different Lake of Stars events during our time off so expect to hear announcements from us about exciting local events soon,” she said.
Gondwe said they are also supporting a music event called Big Foot which is run by friends in London.
“Some local artists will surely be invited for this event,” she said.
Gondwe said LoS is forever growing and its mission is to promote Malawian culture.
On whether if this break signalled the beginning of the end for the festival locally, Gondwe said: “We have taken a break before in 2012 and also in 2017 and we came back with the festival to the lake.”
LoS founder and director Will Jameson said: “We’re immensely proud of the contribution Lake of Stars project makes to Malawi, and we are committed to continuing it this year and into the future. While the LoS festival will be taking a break, we have their exciting projects in the works for 2020.”
Lake of Stars Discovery last year took place at Kachere Kastle in Nkhata Bay where several local and international stars impressed.
As part of the festival, organisers donated 50 desks to Kachere Primary School which were made from wood re-used from past performance stages, an initiative done in partnership with Raising Malawi.