Organisers of Lake of Stars (LoS) will this Thursday hold interactive educational activities aimed at empowering the youth from areas surrounding this year’s festival venue, Kachere Kastle in Nkhata Bay, with information about climate change.
LoS head of media Zilanie Gondwe said for the first time the Day of Ideas at the festival borders around a single theme: Climate Change.
The event is being organised in partnership with European Union (EU).
“During the event, young people will discover and reflect on issues involved in an interesting and interactive way,” she said.
Gondwe said workshops and exhibitions will include Sunny Money, who will be setting up a solar library at the local primary schools, interactive environment theatre from ArtGlo, a musical workshop from Conservation Music Malawi, tree planting with Root2Fruit and the EU’s own Afikepo programme.
“There will be installations of recycled art from environmental artist Arteisch and music performances from Jacaranda School and others,” she said.
EU climate change champion Luwayo Biswick will do break-out workshops with students in local communities, learning practical environmental sustainable skills.
In a separate interview, secretary of Music Conservation Malawi, Wezzie Chisenga, said they are ready to participate in the Day of Ideas event.
“The planet cannot speak for itself. The music industry has vast influence and resources that can be put to work for the planet.
“We intend to facilitate the realisation worldwide and it’s time to make this possible through the use of art,” he said.
Chisenga said apart from the Day of Ideas, their organisation organises concerts, schools and other events that benefit musicians, communities and all people interested in the union of music with the environment.
According to Gondwe, 300 youths from schools around Kachere Kastle will be coming to the festival site to participate.
Students from Kachere, Chiomba and Kazanda primary schools as well as Kapanda secondary school are expected to participate.
For over 15 years, the LoS project has been working to promote Malawian music, culture and tourism.
Artists to perform at this year’s event, which starts on September 27 to 29, include Black Major, South Africa’s DJ Lag, Moonchild Sanelly, The Very Best, Lazarus Chigwandali, Hazel Mak, Erik Paliani, Faith Mussa, Sangie and Malinga.