Call for Tumaini Festival 2021 at Dzaleka Refugee Camp Dowa. Tumaini Festival presents a unique opportunity to support an innovative cultural event, developed and delivered by refugees and Malawians, which uses entertainment and artistic expression, to promote intercultural harmony, mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence. The festival gained national and international media coverage. It has so far achieved a media reach estimated at 50,000,000 people worldwide, presenting a genuinely different and positive story about refugees.
Tumaini Festival was founded in 2014. It is an extraordinary example of a large-scale cultural event within a refugee camp, created and run by refugees in collaboration with the host community, for the benefit of both communities.
Across the six previous editions over 99,000 people have attended the event, and 304 performing acts from across Malawi, Africa and the world shared the same stages with performers from Dzaleka. Tumaini Festival has united 18 nationalities of performers: DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Norway, Japan, Brazil, Mozambique, Belgium, UK, Italy, Somalia, Poland, France, South Africa and South Korea.
Tumaini Festival has represented a unique opportunity for refugees to share aspects of their lives with interested visitors, to exhibit and sell their crafts and to feel the hope of connecting to a wider community. Tumaini Festival has become a community celebration that residents of Dzaleka appreciate as their own event, which they are looking forward to and want to see happen regularly.
The festival aims to promote the talents and cultures of Dzaleka to Malawians and people from across the globe, as well as to promote Dzaleka itself as a place of unity, peace, coexistence and harmony among refugees and Malawian populations. It has a vision to change public perception towards refugees and to empower them through arts. Tumaini Festival is a need to encourage entrepreneurship and reducing poverty in the refugee camp.
In addition to that, it also aim at promoting tourism by showcasing cultures from Dzaleka and the surrounding villages. By opening Dzaleka’s doors to people from Malawi and all over the world we want to encourage cultural exchange and intercultural understanding. Last but not least, the aim is to facilitate the gain and exchange of knowledge and skills through workshops and training.
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