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Apr 2014

Lake of Stars Festival, Malawi

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The 10th Lake of Stars Festival (LoS) 2014

Africa’s finest music, literature and dance festival returns to the lakeshore 26th Sept 2014.


LoS began in 2004 with the aim of facilitating Malawi’s artistic community’s access to a broader audience. LoS combines local Malawian artists, UK artists and players from across African to collaborate for mutual benefit. The 2013 festival, City of Stars, was held in Lilongwe and was a great success but there’s no doubt the lake shore is the better venue and 2014 sees the return of LoS to the shore of Lake Malawi.


Music, theatre, poetry, film, comedy, literature and dance are always well represented, and new for 2014 is a series of talks covering topics such as technology, the creative industries and science, all of which take place in one of three performance stages: Village, Beach and Lake.


There is a big family focus in 2014 with children aged 12 or under gaining free entrance. There’s a children’s programme of activities including storytelling, drumming workshops, bouncy castles and face-painting.  LoS also run a vibrant Outreach Festival that includes local communities, particularly neighbouring Chipoka Village; this is where the Book Bus has partnered LoS over the past few years and brought its expertise to the Festival. The ever-popular football tournament is included in these activities.

The Star Bar will be back, better than ever, in its usual position near the main performance stage, Lake Stage.  Expect friendly bar staff, sugarcane juice cocktails and some long nights with music from Malawi and around the World.


UK and African festival directors will be attending this year to scout for Malawian talent.  Following the success of City of Stars 2013 that saw Peter Mawanga booked by Celtic Connections, Glasgow in January 2014. LoS will continue to bring festival bookers to Malawi to help other artists develop their international careers.



“If you come to Lake Of Stars, you will love yourself more and you will love the world more.”

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Dec 2013

Tavistock Travel Talks

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Explore the Globe with Travel Talks in Tavistock

Avid travellers can fuel their wanderlust this winter without leaving Tavistock, thanks to a series of talks from adventure travel specialists, Venture Co.

From tackling the Inca Trail to navigating around India, the talks are aimed at anyone with itchy feet who’d like to learn more about getting out and exploring the world. The series starts on Tuesday 10th December with a talk entitled ‘Safari Guide’, a Big Game guide to east and southern Africa.  The evening will address when and where to go and what to see, whether as a first-timer or safari connoisseur, revealing the famous sights as well as hidden gems.

Each of the talks is presented by Mark Davison, owner of Venture Co and former safari guide. Having worked in Africa for many years, Mark has led expeditions and travelled independently throughout much of Africa, South America and India.

Announcing the launch of the talks, Mark said: “Whilst I may not be able to bring the campfire to the office I want to recreate the atmosphere of sharing travel tales and experiences. This is a great opportunity for anyone who’s ever considered going on safari to come along and ask questions and find out if it’s for them. I’m looking forward to a great evening.”

Further dates include:

Tuesday 21 January 2014 – Beyond Machu Picchu

Tuesday 4 February 2014 – Horses Riding Holidays: researching rides

Tuesday 18 February 2014 – Taj and tigers

Tuesday 11 March 2014 – Galapagos: Tortoises and blackberries

The talks take place at Lockyer House in Paddon’s Row, Tavistock, beginning at 6pm and running for 45 minutes with the opportunity to pose questions at the end. There is a nominal £3 ticket price, 100% of which will be donated to the Book Bus child literacy charity. Seats are restricted and on a first-come-first-served basis. To book call 01822 616191 or  contact us


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