Financial Woes Hit Land Of Poets Festival, Organizers Accuse Govt

With less than 72-hours to go, the organisers  of much awaited 2016 Land Of Poets Festival says that this year’s festival has been characterised with financial catastrophe.

In an exclusive interview with Malawi Punch on Wednesday, Poetry Association of Malawi (PAM) Publicity Secretary Sylvester Kalizang’oma called upon companies and poetry lovers to support the festival.

”Every thing is set for the festival but we are not 100% prepared due to financial Challenges that we are currently facing.

One of the poets to perform at the festival- Chiwamba

One of the poets to perform at the festival- Chiwamba

”we are still looking for the sponsors, for those who want to sponsor it’s not too late,they can come and display their banners,” said Kalizang’oma.

Earlier on, the veteran poet Kalizang’oma accused the government for not showing interest in the Land Of poets Festival.

” Everywhere in the world the poetry festival is fully sponsored by government while here the so called our government take poetry as their last priority.

”Believe me or not more companies or organisation are more interested in funding football than assisting creativity Some members instead of helping they are busy siphoning the association still this does not hinder us from proceeding with the event,” said Kalizang’oma.

He also appealed to Malawians and poetry lovers to come in large numbers to patronize the festival.

”To the poetry lovers,they must expect real fire works ,I would like to assure them that this year’s event will be the best beyond,” he said.

According to Kalizang’oma this year’s  festival is scheduled to take place at Blantyre Cultural Centre (BCC) on July 3rd  under theme ‘Expandi­ng wisdom,deepening knowledge”.

Land of poets festival is the annual event organised to commemorate and celebrate million years of poetry and it connects all poets across the country and those living abroad.

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