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Jalada Mobile Festival – Kigali Leg (17th - 19th March)

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Jalada Mobile Festival – Kigali Leg (17th - 19th March)


Jalada Africa , in collaboration with Huza Press, led by the inimitable Louise Umutoni-Bower , and Africa Writes (UK) is bringing the #JaladaFestival to Kigali, Rwanda, for three packed days, 17th to 19th March 2017. Kigali will have the greatest number of showcases, only comparable to Nairobi, and what is planned for Dar es Salaam. Kigali will be the 7th town in the 12-town, 5 countries festival circuit.

We start the showcase this Friday with a contemporary dance, “The Memoire” by Abdoul Mujyambere –an Afro-contemporary dance piece, seeking to revive and preserve aspects of African rituals and afro-contemporary dances, through the story of a man struggling to have his voice heard and to find his place in a rapidly changing society. The performance will take place at the Innovation College, in Kacyiru, from 5:30 -6.30pm.

This will be followed by a panel discussion on “Emerging Traditional & e-Publishing Issues & the Question of Sustainability”. In the panel, we will discuss some of the opportunities for writers to get published in Rwanda and speak to some of Rwanda's few published writers. The event will end at 8:00pm.

Saturday will be a big day. We start early at Musanze, three hours away from Kigali, for a Poetry Workshop. The workshop will work with pre-selected 60 young Burundian poets, who are living in Rwanda as refugees. The workshop will run from 9.30AM-4.00PM and be facilitated by Dr. Andrea Grieder, the founder of Transpoesis, an organization that fosters poetic creativity through workshops and poetic theatre performances. The poetry workshop will culminate into a collection of poetry that captures the dreams and aspirations of these young poets. This anthology will be launched during the Africa Writes Festival in the UK, this year.

On the same day, between 10: 00 AM-1:00 PM, a section of Jalada Team will head to Gashora Girls for a school visit. Like in Kenya and Uganda, the Rwanda school visits will also focus on creative writing and travel writing, in addition to donation of books from partners in the #JaladaBookCaravan project.

In the evening, from 6.00PM-11:00PM, at Inema Arts Centre, Jalada and partners showcase an art installation, in collaboration with Inema Arts Centre, focusing on languaging memory through paintings, a contemporary dance, and the hallmark of the evening will be the Huza Prize for Fiction Award Ceremony. We can’t wait for the celebrations.

On the last day, Sunday, we hold a masterclass with 20 pre-selected participants. The Masterclasses are Jalada’s way of nurturing young talent by imparting skills in creative writing and travel writing.

The Kigali leg of the #JaladaFestival is fully funded by the new Arts new Audiences (nAnA) grant from the British Council.

Thereafter, the #JaladaFestival will hit the road again, onto Mwanza for historical excursions, and priming for Arusha, Tanzania.

Let’s do this!



Also check out other Arts Events in Kigali, Literary Art Events in Kigali, Workshops in Kigali.

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