Lake Of Stars returns with new discovery festival

An aerial view of Kachere Kastle

Malawi’s celebrated international arts event the Lake of Stars Festival has announced that it will return in 2019 with an exciting new format called Lake of Stars Discovery.

The three-day celebration will take place from September 27 to 29 in a beautiful, remote setting where a castle stands on the curve of the lake, Kachere Kastle at Chintheche in Nkhata Bay.

The 2019 festival is taking place in the Nkhata Bay in keeping with the tradition of moving the festival around the regions to showcase the diversity of the country and ensure that the economic benefits are realised by more than one community.

Offering a unique, immersive adventure for festival goers, Lake of Stars Discovery will be held in a stunning lodge built in the style of a Moroccan castle set on rolling white sands by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi.

In 2018, Lake of Stars celebrated its 15th anniversary with its biggest production to date, taking two years to plan and breaking new ground with a line-up including one of the biggest bands in Africa, Sauti Sol and global US megastars Major Lazer.

Lake of Stars Discovery will now offer guests a world-class boutique festival experience with a curated line up of music, talks, poetry, theatre, film, art, workshops and wellness activities, in an inspiring setting.

Lake of Stars’ Head of Media Zilanie Gondwe said: “We’re excited about the direction we’re taking Lake of Stars this year. Our new Discovery edition will offer a unique adventure for festival goers in an unparalleled, intimate setting. Lake of Stars has always been about more than the big names. It’s about creating memories and shared experiences."

A view of the lodge from the poolside
A view of the lodge from the poolside

"Our vision is also about uncovering and promoting new artists alongside established talent. And in 2019 we’re amplifying this by shining a light on amazing rising stars in new music and art in Malawi, southern Africa and beyond. I invite everyone to join us on this journey of discovery to hear the sounds and experience the creativity of the Warm Heart of Africa.”

For over 15 years the Lake of Stars project has been on a mission: to promote Malawian music, culture and tourism.

The arts have breathed life into the country’s festival tourism industry, with dozens of vibrant events now happening that collectively contribute to the country’s economy and cultural scene.

Lake of Stars Festival alone generates an estimated $1.6 million into Malawi's economy each year by attracting visitors to discover and explore the warm heart of Africa.

Lake of Stars, which has grown from attracting only a few hundred visitors to becoming an internationally respected event, has garnered accolades from all quarters including CNN, BBC, Mail & Guardian, Lonely Planet and Forbes.

Since its inception it has brought a unique blend of local and international talent to all three regions of Malawi, helping to boost tourism across the country.