The Tumaini Festival that takes place at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa will be held on November 4 with global artists such as Anne-Marie Quinn from the UK, Lyco & Kaka Furaha from Japan and celebrated hip-hop star Tay Grin co-headlining the event.
Tumaini Festival, which is being organised in partnership with Lake of Stars is an annual music and cultural festival held at the refugee camp. It is organised by refugees in partnership with citizens of their host country. The main sponsor of the event is United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
According to Ephrate Kamchocho, media manager of Tumaini Festival, this year’s version will include more than 50 acts and nine nationalities. The activities will include music performances, poetry recitals, theatre, traditional dances and art exhibitions.
Kumchocho said the event aims at bringing joy and hope to refugees, and promoting talents of refugees and the camp itself as a place of unity, peace, coexistence and harmony.
He said the event also offers a market opportunity for refugees to sell various crafts and merchandise.
“With Tumaini Festival we wanted to create a different kind of cultural event to promote intercultural harmony through entertainment and artistic expression.
“I’m happy so many people have supported and participated. We’re looking forward to making this year the biggest ever,” said Menes la Plume, festival founder and director.
Local hip hop artist Tay Grin said he felt honoured to be part of the event.
“It’s gonna be fire at the Tumaini Festival. I felt honoured when I was asked to take part in the festival because it is an amazing festival that is built on an even more wonderful concept,” he said.
The inaugural Tumaini Festival took place in 2014 from November 17 to 22 at Dzaleka. The festival featured community workshops throughout the week. n