April 11, 2015

14 reasons you must know about Easter Theater Festival

Filed under: Arts — Nhaudzenyu @ 11:03 am
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1- Easter Theatre Festival was mooted in 2010 only to take off in April 2015 2- Easter Theater Festival Director is MacArthur Matukuta who is also Solomonic Peacock Festival Malawi director. 3- Solomonic Peacock formed in 1999, derived its name from biblical King Solomon and performed theatre locally, in Africa and overseas. 4 Easter Theatre Festival is the first country international festival with three countries namely Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. 5- It was launched in capital city Lilongwe on Friday and switched to Blantyre on Saturday about 311 kilometers away 6- The second edition will be in March 2016 with artists from Kenya and South Africa 7- Easter Festival Theatre becomes the grand stage for poets, traditional dance and drama among others fusing the old and new generations. 8- Easter Festival Theatre operated without financial support from Malawi Government that is still yet to pass a law to assist culture and artists. 8- Village Cultural Troupe from Blantyre city performed in Scotland. 9- Tresor Nsengu a Congolese rapper and slam poet living in Malawi since 2009 is popular among other poets that include Nyamalikiti Nthiwatiwa who performed at Crossing Boarders Festival Uganda and Arts Alive in Johannesburg using voice as a tool of social change. 10- Evelyn Pangani Maotcha a poet cum radio DJ is the first female poet to release an album. 11-Several more radio DJs showcased their poetic prowess during Easter Festival Theatre including Nicholas Mbonera, Frank Naligonje aka Dr Bakili Muluzi, Snowden Tembo aka Mr. Malawi among others. 12- Chango Travelling Theatre is the oldest existing group formed in 1970 and played Tax Abortion of creative tax evasion by some foreign investors abusing tough economic environment in Africa. 13- Zimbabwe’s Icon Theatre Production was easily identified with their mbira fused with drums during traditional dance at the Easter Festival Theatre. By Nhau Mangirazi  


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