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Annual Events

Exciting events bring sports and music stars to Malawi


Lake Malawi sailing marathon

Date: Late June, early July

The annual Lake Malawi Sailing Marathon is an international event that draws sailing enthusiasts from around the world. Initiated in 1984, the marathon has grown steadily over the years and now is a six-leg race that allows competitors to fully demonstrate their prowess on the water. The competition is usually divided into two categories – for yachts with spinnakers and for those without. The competition involves a handicap system and the event is closely monitored by the marathons committee, which consists of veteran sailors.

Lake of stars music festival

Date: September

Lake of Stars is a three-day international festival that brings together some of Africa’s top artists. Renowned musicians from elsewhere, such as Groove Armada and Beverley Knight, have also graced the festival. All performances take place on the shores of Lake Malawi and this wonderful setting may be the reason why the festival has been classified as one of the top three in Africa.

Blantyre arts festival

Date: October

The Blantyre Arts Festival, usually known as BAF, was initiated in 2009 with the aim of giving a platform to Malawi’s performing arts community. The festival celebrates Malawian cultural diversity through theatre, song and dance and is a ‘must attend’ for both local and international tourists.

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