The biannual Art in the Park ninth edition occurred from Friday the 8th to Sunday 12th November at Four Seasons in Lilongwe where 33 artists exhibited their works under the theme “Malawi”. The opening ceremony which was graced by the minister of local government, culture and unity Honourable Richard Chimwendo Banda MP.
Wildlife Environmental Society of Malawi (WESM) Lilongwe Chairperson Nick Hall made the following remarks at the opening ceremony of the three-day fete; “Art in the Park has been growing over the years, reaching a total of 45 artists exhibiting their work at the last event in May 2023. This time, we will have only 33 of just the most talented artists, all spaced out so that visitors have a less cluttered experience,” Hall said.
Samuel Ndalema, who has been trending on social media with scrap metal art, Myck Mtika and renowned painters Elson Kambalu and David Kelly were on the list of the 33 artists.
Veteran visual artist Nyangu Chodola, who has displayed his works at several Art in the Park editions, said Art in the Park has developed tremendously.
“We are moving in the right direction in terms of quality of artworks.Art in the Park is a hub of visual artists and we value the support that people give us,” Chodola, who specialises in wildlife photography said.
The family friendly event was spiced up by the presence of Innocent Sopani Nyirenda popularly known as “the Malawi King” who in his capacity as the event’s celebrity guest engaged and entertained guests with his colourful Malawi flag regalia. Art workshops, music performances and a special dance performance by the National dance group created an exciting and memorable atmosphere for the event which saw over 560 guests in attendance. The event attracted 8 sponsors including GIZ Malawi, Rainbow Paints, Stationary Zone, Ufulu Gardens, Sunny Money, EU, BL Harbert and House of Basse’iah. WESM Lilongwe was also able to get new members, sell its merchandise and provide environmental education to guests.