Mwezi Arts say they are planning to establish an arts centre in Lilongwe where budding and talented artists in the country will be tapping some skills.
Director of the Lilongwe-based art group Stanley Mambo disclosed this in an exclusive interview on Monday.
When Mambo announced late last year that his institution has lined up several interventions to help promote “the underground” in the local theatre industry, few bought his word.
But four months down the line, the institution has already made some significant progress in their quest to open the facility in Lilongwe which Mambo says will be state-of-the art.
“We have gone a step ahead of schedule as we have already acquired a considerable amount of books on theatre,” said Mambo.
Among others, the centre is slated to have modern theatre attributes like state-of-the art lighting and sound equipment which Mambo confirmed to have already acquired.
He hinted that the equipment may be among the best in the country.
Director for the Rising Choreos—one of the country’s renowned theatre outfits—Joyce Mhango Chavula has since welcomed the idea.
She said the centre, once fully-fledged, will promote raw talent in the local theatre industry and expose it to the international market.
“I have always said we have some enormous talent in this country that if well nurtured can help market the local industry,” concurred Mambo.
The project may also benefit from its partnership with German’s Konstanz University. Some students have offered to provide Mwezi Arts with some architectural designs free of charge.
The workshop drew some 30 participants from across the country, twenty of whom were drilled in the actual directing and acting while the remaining ten honed technical skills.