Lake of Stars Festival to return to Chintheche Inn

We’re excited to be welcoming Malawi’s biggest international arts event, the Lake of Stars Festival, back to its original home later this year at our Chintheche Inn.  The festival, which was recently voted one of the World’s Best Festivals in the Fest300 Awards, is being held from September 30 – October 2, 2016.

Since it started in 2004, the annual event has brought its unique blend of local and international talent to Malawi, helping to boost tourism across the country through attracting festival goers from across the world to enjoy the live music, DJ’s, dance and other entertainment on offer.  The festival first took place at Chintheche Inn from 2004 – 2008 and during its time has reached large audiences across the world through international media coverage of the event.

Lake of Stars Director Will Jameson says:

“After five successful consecutive years in Mangochi, the move back up North to where the festival began is an exciting opportunity for us to reconnect with our roots and support the creative growth in the region.  Chintheche Inn is a stunning site which is more than capable of meeting the needs of the festival and is one of the most beautiful parts of the Lake.”

Music fans can expect three days of exciting local and international performances, set on the lush gardens and powder-soft sands of Chintheche Inn.  Previous international performers at the festival have included Andy Cato (Groove Armada), Beverley Knight, Bombay Bicycle Club, Felix B (Basement Jaxx), Foals, Freshlyground, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Goldierocks, Joe Goddard (Hot Chip), The Maccabees, Mafikizolo, Mokoomba, Nick Mulvey, The Noisettes, Oliver Mtukudzi, Seth Lakeman, Toya Delazy,  Uhuru, The Very Best, Young Fathers, Zone Fam, and many more.  And our very own MD of Central African Wilderness Safaris, Chris Badger, has also performed with his blues band, Rainmaker!

Central African Wilderness Safaris will be working closely with the festival organisers and local community leaders to ensure the festival has a positive impact on the surrounding communities at Chintheche Inn.  In 2015, Lake of Stars donated school desks and benches made from wood recycled from the festival to a local school.

For festival-goers looking to extend their holiday in Malawi, we are offering four short safari options based around the festival, concentrating on Malawi’s finest wildlife destinations.  Guests can choose from one of two northern Malawi itineraries, which take in Luwawa Forest Lodge and Chelinda Camp at Nyika National Park, or one of two southern trips staying at Mvuu Camp focusing on the wonderful Liwonde National Park.  All trips are accompanied by experienced field guides and include transportation in quality vehicles. View the itineraries here and  contact us for more information.

Please note, no rooms will be available on-site at Chintheche Inn during the festival period.  For accommodation enquiries please contact festivaltravel@lakeofstars.org.