Thursday, 2 February 2017
The Royal African Society’s annual literature festival, Africa Writes, is delighted to announce a partnership with Jalada Africa on the inaugural Jalada Mobile Literary & Arts Festival, travelling through 5 East African countries in 28 days.
A hybrid between a traditional place-based festival and a bus tour, the festival 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.
Africa Writes is the Royal African Society’s annual literature festival held each summer at the British Library. The partnership will result in the creation and publication of a poetry anthology featuring voices of refugees from Burundi, and a showcase of the Jalada festival to be presented at Africa Writes in London, 30th June – 2nd July.
Festival supporters include the Goethe-Institut Nairobi, the British Council and a host of cultural institutions across the region.