All set for WAFE 2018

All set for WAFE 2018


Sharon Kadangwe

Winter Fashion Ankara Expo (WAFE) has returned to Blantyre for its 5th edition slated for 28th of July.

However, WAFE has changed its annual staging event for the first time since its inception 4 years ago.

From closing off Livingstone avenue, WAFE 2018 has relocated to Victoria Gardens.

According to WAFE Communications Director for the Creatives Sharon Kadangwe, the change has come about due to Blantyre City Council's concern for security and logistics.

Kadangwe explained: "We are back officially, we have been silent because of the delays in the date. The reason is that City council raised concerns and we thought we will be able negotiate in time to have the event but as it is we may not be able to do that. So, we want to communicate that we are going to proceed as expected."

Kadangwe said as the Creatives, they were prepared to meet the needs but the Council has vehemently objected, saying they can not close another road shortly after they did the same during the July 6 Carlsberg Independence Bash.

However Kadangwe said WAFE is not such a huge event as compared to Carlsberg bash and that the council is merely being unreasonable.

She said this has not affected preparations, saying they look forward to an exciting event.

"The change has delayed us but we will deliver because people are already excited so we just want to give the fans and sponsors a good event."

PEP Stores has partned with WAFE for this year's showcasing, a thing Kadangwe described as a step in the bright direction for Malawian creatives.

Among other designers at this year's edition are South Africa based BASE Creatives, Zika Grey and Uniline which is wholly owned by a female designer.

Kadangwe disclosed they have registered the highest number of male models who applied this year but they had to recruit according to the ratio with female models.

George Kalukusha, ItsFriday make the list of performers alongside the headliner British DJ CEO who is currently on tour in Africa.

The audience will also be able to share their experiences during the event as SkyBand is providing Social WIFI.



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