WaPi “Move”

Unfortunately, I took a long time away from the WAPi blog, essentially, to get ready for WAPi. WAPi Move took place on Saturday, July 25, 2009, and was attended by 550 people. This is definitely a huge deal for the WAPi team as we nearly doubled our attendance from the WAPi launch event on May 30, 2009.  WAPi move incorporated words, pictures, and dance into the event and it was a huge success. But I would just like to take a moment with you to share that for some of the organizers we rarely get to see a whole event in its entirety. I was so busy trying to take care of little things that would ensure the event ran smoothly that I missed the whole open mic poetry, heard the mic club from a distance, never really interacted with the visual artists. I was simply able to watch the tail-end of the dance off competition. I only found out all the goings-on of the event when I read it in the paper. I am just waiting for the documentary rough cut so I can really see what I missed out on. All I know is the event was off-the-chain.

Greetings from WAPi Malawi

Hello everyone and welcome to the WAPi Malawi blog. WAPi stands for Words and Pictures. WAPi is a project introduced by British Council Malawi. This program is currently running in 11 other African countries. It’s designed to give visual and verbal artists a platform to showcase their work. WAPi was officially launched in Lilongwe, Malawi, on Saturday, May 30, 2009, to a crowd of 275 people. It was an exciting time for artists. I remember getting a few thank you’s and hugs on that day. Artists were just so relieved to have found an environment where they could show their work to a receptive audience. WAPi Malawi is so excited to see where this will end up. We hope you, the artists, will take hold of WAPi. We want you to own this event. It’s yours. We’re simply here to facilitate.


Amanda, WAPi team

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