Nsanje Gears Up for Inaugural Cultural Festival

The first of its kind, a cultural festival will be held in Nsanje on July 17, 2021.

Eric Trinta of Nyamithambo Arts Palace who is part of the organizing team told Zodiak that the preparations for the inaugural cultural festival are on course.

"We will be holding the festival on annual basis. Its main purpose is to unearth Nsanje natural capital and market Nsanje.

"We are looking at issues of heritage, arts and culture. And all these are part and parcel of what Nsanje is made of. And this is what we would want to showcase on this particular day," explained Trinta.

Trinta said initially they planned to hold the festival on July 6 but shifted it because council officials had some engagements.

"The festival will feature Nsanje greats; these include all the Nsanje artists; Lucky Stars, Nyandoro and Agoloso and all the people who have got names in music and arts. We are Unearthing what we failed to utilize for betterment and economic empowerment of the people of Nsanje.

"Then we will have all the rich dances, utse, ulimba maseseto and everything, "said Trinta.

He said they are involving the citizenry and traditional leaders in the setup.

"It's something that has not happened before but it will be there to stay so that the economic value of Nsanje is looked into.

He added " You know Khulubvi where M'bona Shrine is, this is an international thing which we have to ignite and make it useful for economic empowerment of people in Nsanje and also tourism as well for Malawi.

Besides we also have a Port which is idle, the idea was to link up Malawi to the world.

"We can still use that hub for tourism, we can introduce vessels in the Shire River which will be parading to Nsanje, Chikwawa, Majete and all that. We will have a platform to showcase the natural capitals which by the end of the day push the district to its economic platform. Currently Nsanje is not achieving more economically because its natural capitals are currently not fully utilized," said Trinta.

Nsanje district council Chairperson, Andrew Piliminta has described the festival as critical in marketing Nsanje.

"People will know what Nsanje is made of in areas of heritage, arts and culture," said Piliminta.

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