After hosting the Mwezi Wawala Festival in August this year, Nanzikambe Arts, is back in the limelight and this time around bringing what it calls a festival strictly for women performances.
The festival will be held at its Naperi Space in Blantyre on Saturday.
As the country still laments of the coming up of too many festivals, some of which are similar and have no vision, Nanzikambe says this is a one day festival and the first of its kind involving
women parading their works.
Nanzikambe's Velepi Madise said this is a festival which will strictly bring performances from women ranging from music, drama, traditional dances, storytelling, fashion designing and
"You may wish to know that women have been sidelined in many of the festivals and so as Nanzikambe we thought, why not come up with a festival strictly for them. We are featuring
women with their arts and we want to give them a platform," said Madise.
She said the festival is also part of celebrating Malawian women in the arts.
The festival comes in through the Act Now Network Project, funded by Osisa and that it has been running throughout this year – developing a network of women's drama groups in
"The festival aims to showcase the hidden talents of Malawian women. Local women from Manja, Chimwankhunda, Misesa and Namiyango, will perform along with another group of
female inmates from Chichiri Prison," said Madise.
Madise said apart from being a women festival, this is also a day-long family event with different performances.
Some of the renowned female artists set to present their works on the day include veteran percussionist Beatrice Kamwendo, bubbly vocalist Eunice Kadzuwa, Dance For Life and storyteller Nancy Phiri.
"We will also have a kids' corner to keep the little ones entertained and a food court for refreshments. Women are the masters when it comes to spreading messages through art so, women can do better in arts and need this platform," she said.