Lake of Stars (LoS) has embarked on a waste management initiative ahead of this year’s festival which takes place at Chintheche in Nkhata Bay from September 26 to 28.
Festival founder Will Jameson said they will select a waste management firm and pick litter in Kawale Township for recycling on September 10.
He said: “As part of our warm up events, we will have a clean-up day on September 10 when we will collect waste and recycle it into different products. We will also be with the city council in this project which seeks to show the importance of recycling waste.
“Even at the festival, we will have recycling points. Meanwhile, we will also have a warm-up event in Mzuzu on September 3 and details will be announced soon.”
Jameson said LoS will also donate solar lamps to communities around Chintheche. They are also looking for used pallets which can be recycled into vendor stalls, among others.
“So far, we have collected 80 pallets from Carlsberg Malawi, Game Stores and Deekay Supplies, but we are still looking for more as we are trying to come up with a stage made from these,” he said.
“Over 60 artists from 15 nations are scheduled to perform. Among them we have Freshly Ground and Zambian Roberto.”
Jameson said Roberto, the artist behind the hit Amarula, will headline the Friday gig while Freshly Ground will perform on Saturday night.
For the first time, the festival will offer limited students’ tickets courtesy of its partnership with Mzuzu University.