Wesm Arts Fest is back!

After a seven-year break, the Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi (Wesm) Arts Fest returns from June 12 to 23 at Four Seasons in Lilongwe to showcase the country’s diverse artistic talent. Festival producer Pádraic MacOireachtaigh said for many years the arts fest presented visual art exhibitions, connected artists to buyers and showcased the ‘finest’…

Whither theatre groups?

For many years,  stage drama has been the source of entertainment for many Malawians. Besides, it has been a conduit of sending across messages to authorities as well, especially in the democratic dispensation. Though done subtly, oftentimes actors have communicated or reprimanded politicians on certain decisions and injustices on people, and the messages were driven…

Cockpit sold to new management

Lilongwe’s uptown club, Cockpit Lounge, has been sold and is under new management. The club has also been temporarily closed from March 15 to April 25 to allow for refurbishment. The lounge, which for the past three years has been a hub for a special class of revellers and entertainment, will be relaunched after the…

Mapanje’s play evokes memories

When it was announced that The Trial of Jack Mapanje will be staged in Lilongwe, it was apparent that the satire will evoke memories. However, those that trekked to the Madsoc Theatre in Lilongwe perhaps did not anticipate that some of those that suffered atrocities at the hands of the one-party regime would be among…

Nyasa Music Festival beckons budding artists

Nyasa Music Awards (NMA), organisers of the inaugural Nyasa Music Festival, are expanding their footprint to up-and-coming musicians for the forthcoming event. Scheduled for Kamuzu Stadium from April 19 to 21, the festival has attracted top musical talents in Malawi and South Africa. The organisers say they have created a platform for promoting and nurturing…

DfID launches anti-gender violence programme

The Department for International Development (DfID) has urged Malawi to mainstream gender-based violence prevention into all sectors to end incidences and deliver better development outcomes. Head of DfID Dave Beer made the call at the pre-launch of the UK development arm’s flagship programme Tithetse Nkhanza which seeks to end gender-based violence (GBV) against women and…

Chigwandali heads to Tribeca

A documentary about a local musician with albinism, Lazarus Chigwandali will be premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The story of Lazarus who goes around town performing with his handmade banjo on the dusty streets of Lilongwe while narrating the plight of people with albinism who are being killed and abducted for…

Writers launch literary website

Two writers have joined forces to establish a website dedicated to short stories written by budding writers. The website, Story Ink Africa, a brainchild of writers Ekari Mbvundula and Wonawaka Gondwe, will accord both local and international literary enthusiasts an opportunity to read and buy stories for their reading pleasure by paying through mobile payment…

3 shows for Mapanje play

Mbona Arts, a theatrical group will this month stage a play written by one of the country’s finest writers and poet, Jack Mapanje. The Trial of Jack Mapanje, which premieres March 16 is based on the poet’s detention which lasted four years. Mapanje was arrested in 1987. In an interview, playwright Stephen Ndhlovu said this…

AMREF to train journalists

Amref Health Africa is set to start offering a tailor made health reporting training for journalists in Africa. Through the Amref International University (AMIU), the program is a way of empowering journalists, according to the university’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Marion Mutugi. “The program, starting this September will be two weeks intensive with a project at…

Malawi recognised on ending child marriages

Malawi has been highlighted as one of the African countries doing well in efforts to end child marriages. This was revealed at the ongoing Africa Health Agenda International Conference (Ahaic) in Kigali, Rwanda. The news follows the successful implementation of an integrated project of withdrawing girls from early marriages using a community philanthropy approach in…

Power of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The mixed reactions that followed the release of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind official trailer showed there were some Malawians who were sceptical of Malawi’s first Hollywood set. But arguably, to many who flocked to Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) auditorium in Lilongwe on Sunday night for the Malawi premiere, the story of William…

Madalitso Band off to UK

Malawi’s Madalitso Band is set to rock the stage with reggae icon Ziggy Marley when the local duo performs at the World of Music, Arts and Dance (Womad) Festival. According to www.womad.co.uk, the event, scheduled to take place from July 25 to 28 at Charlton Park, Wiltshire in UK, will also see singer and songwriter…

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind comes home

A t least 1 000 Malawians will watch Hollywood Malawian-inspired movie, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, courtesy of the United States (US) Embassy at a local screening scheduled to take place on Sunday in partnership with Participant Media. The local screening, the first in Africa, will be at the Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc),…

Kell kay’s love after 24

The last few years has seen a rise in the number of up-and-coming musicians who have steadily shaped up the musical terrain in Malawi. While others were one-hit wonders as they disappeared in the doldrums faster than their lyrics, some have persevered and proved their worth in an industry riddled with several challenges. From the…

Lily Banda lands another movie role

With her first Hollywood appearance set to premiere on Netflix this Friday, Malawi’s Lily Banda is heading to Fox UK with Deep State 2, a drama series which was the first regional commission for Fox UK parent, Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa. In an official trailer of the series released on Saturday, Banda is…