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Music Crossroads Academy Mozambique, in partnerships with the INVERCA Association, organised the 8th edition of the Mafalala Festival. The event began at 9h of November 20th with a march around Mafalala and several other artistic-cultural activities at the Elementary School Unidade 23.
This annual initiative has gained recognition in the past years, which has made it a respected and well-known cultural event in the city of Maputo.
This year, the Mafalala Festival introduced an innovative program, based on the preservation of the historical and cultural legacy of the neighbourhood. According to Ivan Laranjeira, the director of Mafalala Festival, “the event is a turning point in the way festivals are conceptualised in Mozambique, making the identity, tradition and historic values, the most important thing about the event.”
This edition of the Mafalala Festival also included activities for a young audience (mixing education and leisure for children). There was also mural paintings by several artists and heritage signposts scattered in different locations around the Mafalala neighbourhood.
The 8th edition of the Mafalala Festival was sponsored by the Swiss Cooperation.
It also had several partner institutions, such as: Music Crossroads Academy Mozambique, the Portuguese School of Maputo, Mozup, Machaka, ACM and SóArte Media.
For more information, visit www.music-crossroads.net