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5th Edition of Kwani? Litfest: Beyond the Map of English, Dec. 1-6 2015 in Nairobi

Kwani Literature Festival
The fifth edition of Kwani? Litfest, a biennial gathering of writers, artists and thinkers from across Africa, takes place from 1st-6th December 2015.

This year’s literary festival, Beyond the Map of English: Writers in conversation on Language hosts readings, performances and discussions that explore issues of language and how this relates to African experiences and writing on the continent.

Confirmed participants include Nuruddin Farah, Taiye Selasi, Boris Boubacar Diop, Yvonne Adhiambo Owour, Wu Ming, Prof. Aldin Mutembei,FOKN Bois and Siphiwo Mahala.

November 22, 2015 at 3:38 pm 2 comments

Spoken Word: Losing Grip by Ngartia, Nov. 19 2015 @ Goethe Institut

Event: #LosingGrip by Ngartia

Date: Thursday 19th November 2015
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Nairobi
Time: 6:00 pm
Tickets: 500 KeS (Advance only – 0715 676 724)

Losing Grip is a spoken word story performed by Ngartia, with the support of FlowFlani Wakaba (a human beat-box), Ciano Maimba(vocalist and guitarist), Phy (musician), Achieng Otieno ( vocalist from the band Royalty By Black) and Laura Wanjirũ Ekumbo (writer and actress).

It is a story about the pitfalls of seeking a better life in the city from the perspective of a young man who grew up in the countryside written by Ngartia, who is part of the team that runs

The narrative will be told in 10 poetry pieces that are in form of letters and diary entries and several musical acts serving as interludes. This is indeed, an experimental path for performance poetry since no one else has created such a concept gig before. It is bound to be exciting and to chart new territory in the spoken word circles. No self respecting performance art enthusiast should miss this.

Ngartia has been a force to reckon with in the Kenyan Spoken Word scene. He has demonstrated diversity by doing collaborative performances with performers such as Sarabi, Yellow Light Machine, Kaesa and has been featured on Slam Africa, Kwani? Open Mic and Words Galore. He has also appeared on other stages such as the StoryMoja Festival, Fatuma’s Voice Wamathai Spoken Word, Kings Of The Arena, Spoken Word Thursdays at Juniper’s, Poetry At The Park many more.

His short stories and poetry has appeared on anthologies such as KUT and The Power of Words and a number of blogs: African,,,, and

November 12, 2015 at 10:03 am Leave a comment

Out of Town: Word Session (Ink Overflow), Nov. 7 2015 @ Paa ya Paa Art Centre

Ink Overflow Word Sessions 7-11-15
Date: November 7, 2015
Venue: Paa ya Paa Art Centre
Time: 3-6 pm
Tickets: KES 300

October 29, 2015 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

Kwani Open Mic Night Ft. Ngwatilo, Nov. 3 2015 @ the Phoenix Players

Open Mic November 2015
Date: November 3, 2015
Venue: the Phoenix Players
Time: 7-9.30 pm
Tickets: KES 300

October 27, 2015 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

58th Edition of Poetry Slam Africa, Oct. 18 2015 @ Alliance Française

Slam Africa AF
Date: October 18, 2015
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 2-6 pm
Tickets: KES 500

The 58th edition of Slam Africa brings together some of the country’s fast rising Spoken Word Poets.
Some of the shortlisted poets who will battle it out for the Crown of Poetry Slam Champion on Sunday are: Abir Ibrahim (Tanzania), Koi Kimani, Emmanuel Daudi, Eric Mburu, Jane Karanja, Leila Maranga, Winston King’ori, Ivan Irakoze (Burundi), Robin Mulati and Griffins Ndhine (wildcard).

October 12, 2015 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

Storymoja Festival 2015, Sept. 16-20 2015 @ Nairobi Arboretum

Storymoja Festival 2015
Dates: September 16-20, 2015
Venue: Nairobi Arboretum
Time: from 9 am every day apart from Sept. 16, 2015
Tickets: KES 1000

Download the 2015 Storymoja Festival Programme [pdf]

Visit for more information.

September 10, 2015 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

Music | Culinary Art | Fashion: Africa Nouveau Festival, Sept. 5-6 2015 @ Ngong Racecourse

AN Festival
Dates: September 5-6, 2015
Venue: Ngong Racecourse
Time: from 12 noon till late
Tickets: Seasonal Ticket KES 2,500 and daily pass KES 1,500

Download Africa Nouveau Festival Guide

September 2, 2015 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

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