Blantyre Arts Festival was founded in 2009 by Thomas Chibambo, Director of the Warehouse Cultural Center in Blantyre and Scholarship holder of the cultural management training initiated by the Goethe-Institute. He identified different Artists from various art disciplines to work together towards BAF.

An NGO was formed and registered under a trusteeship in October 2009. It is represented by a 5 member Board, whereby the Board members also constitute the Organizing Committee of the festival.

In 2009, BAF started successfully with a local line-up of Artists and a 2 days program at the Warehouse Cultural Center.