Malawi Government has committed that it will support the passage of the National Arts and Heritage Council Bill.
Deputy Minister of Local Government, Unity and Culture Owen Chomanika made the commitment on Saturday during the Blantyre Arts and Cultural Festival held at Kamuzu Stadium upper ground in Blantyre.
He said government will ensure that the Bill is tabled and passed in the next parliamentary session.
Said Chomanika: “The Bill is important and we know that once it becomes law, it will promote the arts industry.”.
The festival started with a street carnival from Blantyre City Council to the upper stadium where some participants were treated to various traditional dances and music performances by Tay Grin, Skeffa Chimoto and Gibo Pearson.
In an earlier interview yesterday, Blantyre Arts Festival director Thom Chibambo said the event was meant to celebrate diverse cultures in Blantyre.
In a separate interview, Blantyre City Council chief executive officer Denis Chinsewu said the city’s fathers felt it was important to come together with the festival organisers to celebrate culture while using the opportunity to communicate with Blantyre residents about issues concerning the city’s development and environment.