I’m a proud member of the Nairobi-based Jalada Writers Cooperative , formed in 2014. Jalada has just announced our upcoming international book festival which will see us travel to four East African countries (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania) and the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa.
Find more information below and please, we are still in need of financial support and are open to partnerships and collaborations.
Africa’s first mobile literary and arts festival
Jalada Africa, a Pan-African collective, is pleased to announce the inaugural Jalada Mobile Literary & Arts Festival happening in March 2017.
The festival is a hybrid between a traditional place-based festival and a bus tour, and will cover 5 countries and 12 towns: Kenya (Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu, Mombasa), Uganda (Kampala, Kabale), DRC (Goma), Rwanda (Kigali) and Tanzania (Mwanza, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar).
The festival will celebrate diversity and create living connections between writers, artists, and diverse audiences in the big cities and small towns across East Africa.
Presented as a series of full-day events, the festival will feature an expanded retinue of panel discussions, literary readings and debates, spoken word and theatrical performances, creative writing and translations master classes, poetry workshops, exhibitions, art installations, and film screenings.
The festival will also incorporate new and imaginative ways of documenting literature and art using mobile-phone mini-documentaries.
The events will feature writers and artists drawn from the Collective, and tens of exciting authors, performers, and thinkers drawn from East Africa and beyond, as well as international voices. The mobile festival will travel over 4500 kms and engage directly with over 10,000 enthusiasts.
Jalada Africa was formed in 2013 by writers from Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Uganda and South Africa, and currently comprises of writers and artists, of African origin, from the continent and the diaspora. The Collective seeks to break boundaries by publishing works that stretch the reach of creative writing, expand the range of reading experiences, and diversify audiences for literature.
The festival partners with Goethe-Institut Nairobi. It is partly funded by the British Council nAnA grant, and is supported by a host of cultural institutions across the region, including Yole! Africa, Huza Press, Africa Writes, Babishai Niwe Foundation, Goethe-Zentrum Kampala, Nafasi ArtSpace, Sooo Many Stories, and others.
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