One of Africa’s leading music and arts festivals Lake of Stars celebrated their fifteenth anniversary with a festival in London culminating in an evening concert at WAH17
Lake of Stars at WAH17 brought music back to one of London’s finest music venues this March! The sell out event was Walthamstow’s hottest ticket – and everyone in the hall was dancing! Headliners included Scottish indie-rock band Frightened Rabbit, award-winning Ghanaian hip-hop artist Manifest, Malawian singer-songwriter Faith Mussa, and Wezi from Zambia!
“Having kick-started Malawi’s festival industry” said Festival Founder Will Jameson “we are taking things full circle by further developing platforms for African artists in the UK, which is why we are excited to be working with Waltham Forest Council to host our London-based events in such a vibrant borough which is bidding to become the first London Borough of Culture in 2019.”
“Walthamstow is experiencing a creative regeneration we want to help grow. Both Hoe Street and Wood Street are changing rapidly, with great venues, street art and a diverse community. LOS London will boost awareness of the area, engage local artists and contribute to the economy,”
Cllr Ahsan Khan, Cabinet Member for Libraries Arts and Culture at Waltham Forest Council, said: “We are delighted to host Lake of Stars’ 2018 London event and to encourage such fantastic links between musicians in the UK and Africa. The festival will be one of the opening events of our new arts and live music programme at the Walthamstow Assembly Hall, which once hosted the likes of The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Scott and Eileen Joyce.”
Known for hosting a festival on the beautiful shores of the Lake Malawi in Africa, the Lake of Stars project has run events and festivals in UK and Africa since 2003, showcasing artists from Malawi, across Africa and around the world. The festival has generated an estimated £1.3 million for Malawi’s economy each year and receives extensive global press coverage from the Guardian, BBC, CNN and more.
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