Calling Performers for the Tumaini Festival 2021 at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi

Calling Performers for the Tumaini Festival 2021 at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi

Deadline: July 31, 2021

Are you a musician, poet, dancer or an actor? This is a golden opportunity for you to reach and impact many lives with your talent. Apply now for the Tumaini Festival 2021!

The Tumaini Festival is the world’s first and only international festival held inside a refugee camp. The festival transforms Dzaleka Refugee Camp into a tourist destination, attracting thousands of tourists. It presents a unique opportunity to support an innovative cultural event, developed and delivered by refugees and Malawians, which uses entertainment and artistic expression, to promote intercultural harmony, mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence.

About the Tumaini Festival

Tumaini Festival was founded in 2014. It is an extraordinary example of a large-scale cultural event within a refugee camp, created and run by refugees in collaboration with the host community, for the benefit of both communities.

Across the six previous editions over 99,000 people have attended the event, and 304 performing acts from across Malawi, Africa and the world shared the same stages with performers from Dzaleka. Tumaini Festival has united 18 nationalities of performers: DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Norway, Japan, Brazil, Mozambique, Belgium, UK, Italy, Somalia, Poland, France, South Africa and South Korea. The festival gained national and international media coverage. It has so far achieved a media reach estimated at 50,000,000 people worldwide, presenting a genuinely different and positive story about refugees.

Tumaini Festival has represented a unique opportunity for refugees to share aspects of their lives with interested visitors, to exhibit and sell their crafts and to feel the hope of connecting to a wider community. Tumaini Festival has become a community celebration that residents of Dzaleka appreciate as their own event, which they are looking forward to and want to see happen regularly.


  • Open to musician, poet, dancer or an actor;
  • Applicants may be from anywhere in the world.


The Tumaini Festival 2021 edition runs from November 4 – 7, 2021 at the festival’s usual venue, the Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi. Applications closes on July 31, 2021.

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For more information, visit Tumaini Festival.