Kwani LitFest Parties & Events, August 1st – 9th

 This is the full list of Parties & Events at the Kwani? Literature Festival 2008
You can register online or contact the Kwani Lit Fest:
Email: litfest [@]
Tel:+ 254 20 2364682, Mobile: +254.735.564.377
Full list of the Workshops can be found here

Opening party at Electropulco – Readings, performers, superb electronica group Just a Band, dj sets by Jean-Marie & Ugomatic and a host of glitterati. Come see, be seen, take in the creative vibe and the great tunes.
Friday August 1st (8.30pm onwards) @ Acapulco, Muthithi Road, Entrance Ksh 200/=

Magfest – Spend an afternoon talking to some of Kenya’s most established Magazine publishers and writers including Expression Today, Awaaz Magazine, Wajibu and more. Live Jazz band
Saturday August 2nd (2.30 – 5.30pm) @ Karen Blixen Coffee Gardens, Karen

Finding Your Voice – Internationally acclaimed Gambian author Dayo Forster on Finding your Voice. Plus interviews, mingling with authors and a chance to purchase books
Saturday August 2nd (5.30-7.30pm) @ Karen Blixen Coffee Gardens 300/=

Sunday Salon – A special session of the regular Sunday Salon event with 4 new Kwani titles to buy. Billy Kahora and Andia Kisia will read from their kwaninis, while David Kaiser focuses on the new Kwani 05. Plus Stanley Gazemba with a relaunch of the Stone Hills of Maragoli
Sunday August 3rd (7-9pm) @ Kengele’s Lavington 300/=
Children’s Book Launch
– WSPA proudly sponsors the launch of the Kiswahili translation of a children’s anthology, “Mzigo Usioyamkinika” (The Unlikely Burden) with free books for the first 50 people. The Mediae Trust’s will provide a talk about how to include educational content in stories & the importance of storytelling in education followed by a video showing of “Ostrich and Hyena”.
John Sibi-Okumu will also launch his new book, Tom Mboya – Master of Mass Management, (a Longhorn/SasaSema Publication).
Fun activities for children including bouncy castle and face painting.
Sunday August 3rd (1-5pm), Kabete Junior Academy, Lakeview. 500/= adults and 250/= children (includes lunch)

Courting Controversy – Discusson with Kalundi Serumaga
Monday August 4th (2:30pm), @ Club Undecided, Westlands

Storymoja Book Club – A forum that gives book lovers an opportunity to discuss and share their opinions on books they have read. Kwani LItfest special includes the presence of author Doreen Baingana who’s award winning book Tropical Fish is under discussion.
Monday August 4th (6 – 8pm) @ Books First Restaurant on the first floor of Nakumatt Lifestyle, Monrovia Street 200/= non members

Open Mic– Litfest brings the results of Spoken Word to the regular Open Mic. See our special poets, come try your skills
Tuesday August 5th @ Club Soundd, Standard Street

Reading with Children – Stanley Gazemba reads excerpts from, WSPA’s recently published Kiswahili translation of “The Unlikely Burden” and parts of his new book with children from Kangemi at the WECOSA Resource Centre.
Wednesday August 6th (2.30-4.00pm) @ WECOSA Centre, Kangemi (next to St. Joseph’s)

NuMetro Readings – Join the Kwani crew for an evening reading and glass of wine with some of Africa’s leading writers including Kalundi Serumaga, Aminatta Forna and Billy Kahora.
Wednesday August 6th (6.30pm onwards) @ NuMetro, Westgate (opp. Nakumatt Ukay), FREE OF CHARGE

Strength in Diversity– An entertaining storytelling session based on the book In the Land of the Kitchen, which addresses typical discrimination scenarios in the workplace. The story will stimulate lively discussions, moderated by Mildred Awiti, a professional trainer.
Wednesday August 6th (6-8pm) @ Louis Leakey Room, National Museum. 500/=
Making Sense of Violence
– How does one reconcile the mundane acts of everyday life with acts of daily violence and horror? Writers who struggle to make sense of humanity in times of overwhelming calamity discuss how to capture the enormity of these events in fiction. A public discussion at Nairobi University with Ishmael Beah, Kalundi Serumaga, Wambui Mwangi and other local writers.
August 7th (2.30 – 5.30pm) @ School of Journalism Nairobi University, ED II, Entrance FREE
Kibera Film Night – A celebration of new and old films. This is part of an ongoing screening series in Kibera by Hot Sun Foundation with technical support from FilmAid. Opening talk by Ishmael Beah.
Main Feature: Mohinder Dhillon’s “African Runners”
Short Films Include: Kibera Kid, A Knife Grinder’s Tale (based on the short story by Yvonne Owuor), and Train Menace in Kibera
Thursday August 7th (7pm – 9pm) @ Kamakunji grounds, Kibera

Literary Dinner: The Process of Memoir and Non Fiction with Aminatta Forna and Antony Altbeker. Plus publishing tips from Random House editor Ellah Allfrey
Thursday August 7th (8pm onwards) @ Tamambo, The Mall, Westlands. 1900/= (inc. course dinner)

Revisioning Kenya After Party together with Authors in Conversation – Join the speakers from the conference and a roster of international writers including Ishmael Beah, Aminatta Forna and Chimamanda Adichie for readings, performances, networking and superb bitings. Official launch of Kwani 05
Friday August 8th @ Kifaru Garden, Kanjata Road 1900/= including dinner, kwanini and welcome drink

All things Theatre – Actor/Playwright John Sibi-Okumu will moderate a morning panel discussion on the state of Kenyan theatre today followed by a FREE afternoon performance of Eric Wainaina’s Lwanda. Panelists will include seasoned practitioners Alakie Mboya, Keith Pearson, Eliud Abuto and Cajetan Boy with Ugandan Kalundi Serumaga giving an outsiders perspective. Audience participation welcomed.

Lwanda, A Ghetto Story: The modern retelling of a Luo folk story about the
mythical Man of Stone, this musical theatre masterpiece written by Kora award-winning Kenyan singer-songwriter Eric Wainaina presents a gripping story of Nairobi slum life. Exploitation of the poor, manipulation of the weak….the people of Kwa Maji slum must find their voice and stand up to the unscrupulous elite who threaten their lives and livelihoods.
Saturday August 9th @ Kenya National Theatre.
Panel Discussion: 11:30am – 1:30pm ENTRANCE FREE
Performance: The musical Lwanda, 2:30pm ENTRANCE FREE

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