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A free Music, Arts & Culture Festival for Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi.
A free Music, Arts & Culture Festival for Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi.
194 backers pledged €6,805 to help bring this project to life.

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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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    Thank you Email & Social Media

    Thank you email and video + Shout-Out on Social Media -
    we are going to thank you namely via Social Media. All of our followers will know that you helped to make Tumaini come true.

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    Photos of Tumaini Festival

    All the above mentioned perks + photos of Tumaini Festival 2016 -
    we will send you a selection of photos of the Tumaini Festival 2016. You will get the best impressions of the festival, just as if you'd have been there yourself.

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    Written Report

    All the above mentioned perks + written report -
    we will also send you a written report of the festival with detailed background information. Feels like you've been part of the team and visited the festival yourself.

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    Video Documentary

    All the above mentioned perks + video documentary -
    you will get the full video documentary, produced by a professional filmteam. Let us take you to Malawi to enjoy the unique composition of music, arts and culture at this unique place - it's just a click on the start button away...

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    Skype Conversation

    All the above mentioned perks + a Skype conversation -
    get the chance to a personal Skype conversation with the founder and director of the Tumaini Festival, Trésor Mpauni (Menes La Plume), artist and poet himself. Ask questions, exchange your ideas and get inspired!

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    Special Thanks on Stage

    All the above mentioned perks + a special thanks on stage -
    our MC will thank you on stage, the crowd's applause is yours!

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    Your Name on our Banner

    All the above mentioned perks + your name on our banner -
    the international audience, artists and press will see your name or logo on the banner, decorating the festival stage. You will be mentioned as one of our main supporters!

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    + your name will be mentioned in our film and on our printed materials as one of our main supporters.

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