Lake of Stars Festival
About the event
The Lake of Stars Project was set up in 2003 to attract more international visitors to Malawi, taking inspiration from events like WOMAD and Glastonbury. The festival acts as a vehicle to promote Malawi as a tourist destination, generate revenue, and increase awareness of this beautiful country and its vibrant culture. Having won the Malawi Tourism Award in its first year, the festival has grown to become one of the best known on the African continent, attracting travellers worldwide.
As the leading international festival in Malawi, Lake of Stars also provides local artists with a unique platform to showcase their art to a global audience and attract high profile names to perform from across the world, often for the first time in Africa. Previous international performers include Andy Cato (Groove Armada), Beverley Knight, Bombay Bicycle Club, Christian Tiger School, Felix B (Basement Jaxx), Foals, Freshlyground, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, John Wizards, The Maccabees, Mafikizolo, Major Lazer Soundsytem, Mary Anne Hobbs, Mokoomba, Nick Mulvey, The Noisettes, Oliver Mtukudzi, Reason, Ric Hassani, Sauti Sol, Seth Lakeman, Sway, Toya Delazy, Uhuru, YADi, DJ Yoda, Young Fathers, Zone Fam and many more.
Alongside the flagship festival, the Lake of Stars Project has produced several other cultural events, including the Children’s Future Festival, Lilongwe Shorts film festival and Island in the Sky festival in Malawi, and UK editions of Lake of Stars in London and Glasgow festivals in the UK. Find out more about our other projects.
Lake of Stars Festival will be taking a short break from the shores of Lake Malawi in 2020 for only the third time since the festival began. We’ll continue developing and supporting new projects to enrich Malawi’s tourism and creative industries during this time and continue to promote Malawian artists internationally, helping to raise further the profile of the country’s vibrant cultural sector.