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Malawi welcomes WCC Creative Skills

 The selected participants for the WCC Creative Skills training programme in Lilongwe, in partnership with the Africa Centre, took part in a comprehensive and insightful workshop series from 17-19th November 2015 at MHub with Mary Helen Young of Visiting Arts and Lead Trainer Tom Porter of Lake of Stars, as well as the assistance of lead contact for Malawi, Michael Phoya. Inspiring projects were shared and the group received valuable support and advice to boost their businesses.


On November 18th, Visiting Arts and The Africa Centre held a WCC Creative Networks Event on ‘Making Arts Pay’ at MHub, where Mary Helen Young and Tom Porter were joined by Reena Johl from the British Council, Rosebill Satha-Sambo of Malawi Tourism Council, Will Jamesonof Lake of Stars and Milika Kalyati. The event brought Creative Skills participants together with other local arts innovators as well as key stakeholders to explore routes towards international working for artists and creative professionals in Malawi.


Creative Skills is part the Culture Works Connections programme from Visiting Arts, which is funded by the ACP-EU Support Programme to ACP Cultural Sectors, financed by the European Union and implemented by the ACP Group of States, and aims to build a community and lasting network of creative businesses in more than fifteen countries in the Pacific, the Caribbean and Africa over three years from 2014-2017.


Click here for the summary of activities on Storify. See the photos from the training intensive on Facebook and keep up to date with the participants news on WCC. Follow the programme on Twitter using the hashtag #WCCtraining.


You can browse arts practitioners and organisations in the new WCC Directory for Malawi.


WCC Creative Skills Participants, Malawi

Constance Thyandathyanga, Dawgfish Entertainment

Debbie Chirwa

Ernest Ikwanga, Musician

George Kalukusha, Singer/ songwriter

Gilbert Mpakule, Visual artist

James Kuchilala, Afro-acoustic musician, Ma LaLa

Johnathan Tembo, Afro jazz/ pop musician

Joyce Chavula, Director of Rising choreos theatre co., actress and film maker

Mandela Michael Mwanza, Hip Hop Artist, Third Eye

Marlyn Chimombo, Musician

McArthur Matukuta, Artist/ Solomonic Peacocks Theatre

Michael Chilemba, Lecturer in Fine Art

Misheck Mzumara, Mzuzu University Theatre Arts Group (MUTAG)

Neil Nayar, Musician/ Songwriter, Neil & the New Vibration

Nixon Malamulo, Visual Artist & Managing Director of Nthillo Studios, Art Gallery and School (NSAGAS)

Noah Ezer Kapitapita

Paul Sezzie-Phiri, Poet

Sadia Mustafa

Shemu Joyah, FirstDawn Arts

Smith Likongwe, Playwright and lecturer

Tara  Thindwa, Freelance Graphic Design Consultant

Taritta Kansichi, Symphony School of the Arts

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