Tumaini Festival gets underway at dzaleka
by Harold Kapindu

The highly anticipated Tumaini Festival 2022 is currently underway at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa. The Festival kicked off in style on Thursday, 3 November afternoon with Tumaini Talk.

"This is the first day of Tumaini Festival 2022. We have an amazing line up to decorate the event colorfully," said Tumaini Festival founder, Menes La Plume.

He added that Tumaini Letu organization was thrilled to inform the general public that Tumaini Festival 2022 will run up to 6th November at Dzaleka Refugee Camp.

According to Menes La Plume, the unique and extraordinary Tumaini event will bring together people from all walks of life through the festivals 8th edition.

"The festival will bring on board various performances from Malawi and abroad. This year the festival has lined up popular artists from abroad such as Lefa Mosea from South Africa, Thuthukani Ndlovu from Zimbabwe and Kwame Rigiii from Kenya".

"The foreign artists will share the stage with renowned artists such as Gwamba, Ethel Kamwendo, Atoht Manje, Mitengeli Choir, Beanca, AB Deevado and Don Tarz," he explained.

He added, "Talents from Dzaleka Refugee Camp will also decorate the event. Poetry, theatre workshop and kids activities have been lined up".

"Tumaini festival using entertainment and artistic expression commits to continue promoting intercultural harmony, mutual understanding, and peaceful coexistence between refugees and their host community."

Tumaini festival is an extraordinary example of a large scale cultural event within a refugee camp, created and run by refugees in collaboration with the surrounding host community, for the benefit of both. Tumaini Festival also serves as a platform for advocacy on refugee rights.

Tumaini Letu (formerly known as the Dzaleka Cultural Association) is a Dzaleka Refugee Camp based organization founded in 2012 by Trésor Nzengu Mpauni also known as Menes la Plume, a refugee poet, musician and writer from Lubumbashi in the South of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 'Tumaini Letu' is a Swahili phrase that means 'Our hope'. Tumaini Letus main project so far is the annual Tumaini Festival.