By Justin Mkweu
Entertainment die-hards in Blantyre and the surrounding areas have all the reasons to smile this weekend as Kwa Haraba Art, Gallery and Café is hosting a feast of multiple entertainment package under the banner, Music, Arts, Fashion, and Film (MAFF) fair.
The fair, running under the theme, Fusing Music, Art, Fashion And Film will have various artists across the genres showcasing their talents in their respective areas of expertise. The artistic genres to be showcased will range from music, paintings, fashion designs, movies, yoga and many more.
According to one of the organizers, Manota Mphande, MAFF is an opportunity for people to appreciate the depth of the local art.
“MAFF is an opportunity for creatives in Music, Art, Fashion & Film to meet and showcase their products and discuss and share ideas on how as a group we can be innovative,” he highlighted.
The scrumptious fiesta’s line up, which EM has seen, commences with screening of Malawian movies on Friday the 1st of September. A short film called The Designer is going to open the gates of the show, to be followed by a documentary called Shoe shiner. Thereafter, another short film, Rapito, will be screened. A full length film called Bella will come next before the popular, The Last fishing boat will wind up the section.
On the 2nd of September, the menu will switch onto the products being showcased by the stalls. Kids activities, Live music, and Art Exhibition from various Malawian Artists just to mention a few will be served. Then the event will cap off with a live music performance from Bushmusic.
As if that is not enough, Poetry and free style word of mouth will be ongoing throughout the two days that the event will be running.
Despite such a fearsome programme, all these mouth-watering activities will be free of charge. And that isnot all! The KwaHaraba Kitchen is going to be serving the audience with its usual tasty foods throughout the days of the event.
Asked as to why this show is for free, Mphande said the main aim was to have more audience appreciate the beauty of arts, and not the monetary gains from the organizers.
“We’d just wanted our prospective audience to appreciate the local talent. It’s not all the time that good things can be bought with monies; the mere appreciation of the show means a lot to us and the artists who are going to be displaying their talents,” highlighted Mphande.
Some of the artists to take part in the exhibition include Tiyamike Sewing, Body & Me, Mulanje Arts, Kenneth VanGogh, and Peter Ndalama and also acoustic artists like Muhanya and veteran Waliko Makhala among others.
The show will be kick-starting by 8 AM and end at 8 PM on both days.