Tumaini Festival is a free music and cultural festival taking place at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa, Malawi, Southern Africa. Dzaleka is the only permanent refugee camp in Malawi, where 25,000 refugees live in restrictive conditions. The festival is a platform to promote the camp community's strength and to bring its voice to the world! It promotes peaceful coexistence and intercultural exchange, opening doors to people who would otherwise never get to know the reality of a refugee camp.
The festival takes place in Dzaleka Refugee Camp, where there is a rich diversity of cultures that everyone can discover and learn from. Each of the forcibly displaced persons in Dzaleka is a survivor and has an inspiring story to tell. The festival presents a unique opportunity to support an innovative cultural event, developed, organized and brought to stage by refugees and Malawians to promote intercultural harmony through music and artistic expression.
Tumaini Festival started in November 2014 and is organized by Tumaini Letu, a Dzaleka-based non-profit organization, promoting cultural exchange among refugees and the host community.
Tumaini Festival brings both artists from the Dzaleka Refugee Camp (from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia) and artists from Malawi and Zambia together on stage.
The festival will feature music, poetry, comedy, film, theatre, acrobatics, traditional dances, traditional food, art exhibitions, a handcraft market and a children's corner!
We are expecting over 7,000 visitors from all over Malawi and international guests.
To build two stages, hire high quality sound equipments, to book international, national and local artists, to organize transport, accomodation, food and refreshment and make sure that the festival is free and accessible to everyone, we need your support!
Many volunteers from all over the world are helping out to bring the festival to life, but helping hands and hard work do not cover all the costs.
This is where you come in:
We need to raise 6,000 Euros to ensure that every artist who wants to perform can make the journey and to support the talents from the refugee camp.
Every donation helps! Even from the distance you can participate and support Tumaini Festival.
Please act now, donate and spread the word!
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Risks and challenges
Organizing a festival with over 30 artists from various countries happening at this unique location does have its challenges.
From last minute technical issues, to logistical demands concerning the transport or even weather conditions – little problems can always arise. However, we will find a solution!
We are excited to organize a festival this size and with this symbolic significance!
Rising to possible challenges is important, as is the need for the Dzaleka community and our supporters worldwide to come together, to take risks, just as refugees did, to tell our and their stories, or “just” celebrating together the joy of music.
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