Blantyre City Mayor Noel Chalamanda has hailed the newly opened Jacaranda Cultural Centre/ Maison de la France located at old CFAO, Top Mandala as an important tool for child development, advocacy and character building.
Chalamanda expressed his gratitude towards the Jacaranda Foundation for the establishment of the Cultural Centre in the City when he officially patronized the opening of the centre.
“This is a welcome development and a much needed space for creativity and free expression. Thank you for giving our children the opportunity to discover themselves, pursue their dreams and be who they want to be,” said Chalamanda.
“Blantyre City Council shares the Foundation’s belief that the arts are a powerful tool for child development, advocacy and character building.
“The Council, therefore, is in full support of the establishment of the cultural centre and will play its part to ensure that it is not only sustained in the years to come, but it flourishes,” he said.
Executive Director and Honorary French Consul to Malawi Mr Luc Deschamps said the Centre aims to provide a place for all of Blantyre and Malawi’s artists to showcase their talents in music, poetry, dance, Art and film.
The Maison de la France will act as the French Consular Agency and information bureau for Blantyre City.
Marie Da Silva, Founder of Jacaranda Foundation said the Centre is a place for the children of Blantyre and Malawi to find hope and build themselves.
The evening was spiced up by music, theatre dance performances by Agorosso, Patrick Simakweli and Waliko Makhala.
The Jacaranda students themselves also performed comedy sketch and a collaborated hip-hop dance with visiting students from the Shanghai School of America in China.