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Monday, 2 September 2013

Storymoja Hay Festival Nairobi

Storymoja Hay Festival, Nairobi's literary festival is back. So if you're in Nairobi between September 19-22 and are attending it, can I just say right now that I'm suitably jealous. 

The festival, now in its fifth year, is a 'celebration of ideas and culture through conversation, storytelling, music, debates, poetry, exhibitions and live performances'. This year's theme is ‘Imagine the World!’ Love it already. 


I’ve been lusting over the amazing line-up of writers and events the last few days, wishing I could attend. While the Programmes for both the general festival and the children’s village will be available on the Festival’s Website, over the next few posts, I’ll be showcasing a few of the events. For now, here’s a teaser courtesy of Storymoja:


As part of the four-day festival, there's the Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture delivered by Mukesh Kapila - former Head of the UN in Sudan and author of Against A Tide of Evil. In addition to the lecture, there will be Master Classes for writers and poets, theatre workshops, conversations on identity, art, culture, society and other contemporary issues, film screenings, performances, music concerts, fashion shows under the Kanga Karnival as well as dozens of activities and events for children.


Event Highlights will be the premier of Sitawa Namwalie’s new poetry show Silence is a Woman, The Vagina Monologues, Stir-Up #Occupy Nairobi (poetry and music show), A Classical Fusion Night and the Imagine the World Music Concert.


The festival will feature writers and performers such as award winning author Teju Cole, children’s storytellers Atinuke and Mara Menzies, Ghanaian poet Nii Ayikwei Parkes, 2012 Caine Prize Chair Kwame Dawes, Writing Fellows from Storymoja Hay Festival Writing Program among many others.

Reviews and audio, video and photo galleries from previous festivals are also available on the website. Advance tickets can be bought online at Ticketsasa.


Sounds like a fun weekend. Wish I was there.

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