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Lake of stars festival – Malawi

Lake of stars festival - Malawi
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The shores of Lake Malawi – Africa’s largest lake – have for the last 11 years shaped today’s internationally-renowned Lake of Stars Festival. The festival draws about 4,000 visitors from across the world as they immerse themselves into music and art from Africa and parts of Europe.

Lake of Stars Festival is credited to a British tourist, Will Jameson who first started it in 2004, six years after he first visited Malawi in 1998.

Over the years, music has and still is a big part of the festival that gets performances from budding and seasoned musicians from the African continent and Britain. The three-day event is usually held at the end of September every year. The festival features poets, film, theatre arts and wellness activities. This year, the adventure runs from 27 – 29 September 2019.

Its fame was bolstered in 2014 following CNN’s declaration naming it one of the seven music festivals to attend in Africa, heralded by the fact that its location is breath-taking.

Dancers on stage lake of stars festival Malawi

Band on stage during the Lake of Stars Festival, Malawi [Photo by Lake of Stars]

The UK music industry supports the event while many other international volunteers organize the event pro-bono. The benefits were recently said to boost Malawi’s economy by $1 million every year.

Visitors step out of the festival to tour the famous Kachere Kastle that stunningly stands on the northern part of Lake Malawi. They also visit orphanages and schools in the country and donate stationery among other things.

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Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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