Festival celebrates African music

Multiple venues in Walthamstow will host talent from the UK and Africa


M.anifest is one of the performers at Lake of Stars London on Saturday 10th March

One of Africa’s leading music and arts festivals is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a one-day festival in Walthamstow.

Lake of Stars is known for hosting a festival on the shores of Lake Malawi in Africa and has been running events there since 2003.

Championing talent from the UK and African continent, Lake of Stars London will take place on Saturday 10th March across multiple venues in Walthamstow, including; The Duke, Woodside School, Centre17, Ye Olde Rose and Crown, St Mary’s Music Hall, Empire Cinema, Mirth Marvel and Maud, and Ekcovision.

Festival-goers can expect live music, poetry, film screenings, street art, craft workshops and more, with most daytime activity being free and family-friendly.

The festival will close with an eclectic evening of live performances and collaborations at Walthamstow Assembly Hall. Confirmed acts include award-winning Ghanaian hip-hop artist Manifest, Malawian singer-songwriter Faith Mussa, Scottish indie-rock band Frightened Rabbit, and Wezi from Zambia.

Local collaboration is a key part of the event, with Lake of Stars teaming up with other arts and community organisations from across Waltham Forest including Wood Street Walls, Sound Thread and Wood Street First, as well as Waltham Forest Council. Local artists have also been invited to apply to perform at the festival.

Councillor Ahsan Khan, cabinet member for libraries, arts and culture at Waltham Forest Council, said: “We are delighted to host Lake of Stars London and to encourage such fantastic links between musicians in the UK and Africa. The festival will be one of the opening events of our new arts and live music programme, WAH17 at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, which once hosted the likes of the Rolling Stones, Ronnie Scott, and Eileen Joyce.”

For more information on Lake of Stars and to book tickets:

Visit lakeofstars.org