Kwani? Out & About
Molo Footloose Festival for Peace , 24th - 26th February 2012
3pm, Friday 23rd – 3pm, Sunday 26th February 2012
The Foot Farm, Molo
Adults- Ksh 10,000
Children- Ksh 2,500 ( ages 8-14) and Ksh 1,000( below 8)
A themed weekend dedicated to community and the creative arts, this is the first invitation only boutique world music and arts festival of its kind in the Molo country side featuring Eric Wainana, Dela, Fena, Sauti Sol, Sara Mitaru, Katochange quartet, The Itch, The Villagers and others. The programme will feature readings from Binyavanga Wainaiana, Joshua Ogutu and Ngwatilo Mawiyoo.
Binyavanga is one of Kenya’s most powerful literary voices, a position he has reinforced with his critically acclaimed new memoir, One Day I Will Write About This Place, which he will be reading from at the Festival. Back in 2002, Binyavanga won the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story Discovering Home. A year later, he was given an award by the Kenya Publisher's Association in recognition of his services to Kenyan literature. And in 2005, he attracted wide attention with his superb, satirical article How to Write About Africa.His writing has appeared in the East African, the New York Times, the Guardian, National Geographic, Vanity Fair and Granta. He is also the founding editor of Kwani?, and is currently the Director of the Chinua Achebe Centre for African Writers and Artists at Bard College. He divides his time between Nairobi and New York.
After a childhood steeped in music and performance, perhaps it was no surprise that Ngwatilo Mawiyoo chose to study Music and Creative Writing at university. She has since been lauded “a priest of the art of performed poetry,” presenting her work at festivals across Africa, Europe and North America; in 2010 touring Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa during the 2010 Poetry Africa Festival. A keen observer and devoted student of the written word, Ngwatilo’s first book of poems Blue Mothertongue (2010) is a collection set in Nairobi and the African diaspora, around notions of home, loss and healing. Critics say the work is “crafted with beautiful pace and intelligence,” that it is “a worthy testament of her times.” In December 2010, Ngwatilo created a performance piece based on Blue Mothertongue. “The Puesic Project” [pew-zik] is an experiment into the capacity of music, dance, photography and videography to read and tell, complicate and simplify poetry.
Joshua Ogutu is a writer, playwright, poet and performing artist who specializes in storytelling. In June 2011 he performed as part of a storytelling tour at The Hay Festival- Wales, The World Heritage Center and Durham University in the UK. In 2009 he went on tour as a cast member of the critically acclaimed poetry show Cut off My Tongue by Sitawa Namwalie. As a poet his work has been published in the Black History Anthology, a publication of United States International University in Nairobi. His recent play, Are We Here Yet? starring Lydiah Gitachu and Joni Githui premiered in July 2011 at the Braeburn Theatre and is currently on tour.
Tickets and More information : A ticket entitles you to entry to the grounds and all events, plus a simple dinner on Friday night and profits will go to the building of a youth centre providing entertainment and recreational activities for youth in the area. For tickets and enquiries, please call / Mpesa to 0719 874655 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org