Hightlights of the International Storymoja Hay Festival, July 31st – August 2nd, 2009 at Impala Club, Ngong Road.

Please come participate in the international Storymoja Hay Festival Friday July 31st – Sunday August 2nd, 2009 at Impala Club on Ngong Road.

It will be magic to have you join the incredible list of local and international luminaries now confirmed – including two Nobel Laureates – at our festival of ideas where you can select to attend any of 132 events each lasting 90 minutes. Please let me know if you’d like me to email you the programme so that you choose the events that most interest you, your friends and family.

Some highlights:
·Come listen and chat with an array of forty plus African and international writers, thinkers, filmmakers including – Nobel Laureates: Wole Soyinka and Wangari Maathai, as well as academy award nominee Hanif Kureishi, million-book selling author Vikram Seth, BBC War Correspondent Kate Adie, professional UK storytellers Jan Blake and Daniel Morden, Head of UNEP Achim Steiner, rising African stars on international scene Petina Gappah, Mukoma wa Ngugi, Tony Kan, Chika Unigwe, Monica Arac, Judy Kibinge, Doreen Baingana, Dayo Forster, Parselelo Kantai, Sitawa Namwalie.

· Storymoja Master Storyteller Competition finals (hosted by Eric Omondi formerly of Churchill Live who won this title while still a student at Daystar)

·Mchongoano Challenge hosted by Xavier Nato, better known as Jemo on Wash and Set. Open to everybody. Come with your sharpest mchongoanos.

· Men Under Attack, a provocative discussion on the changing role of men in our society led by Oyunga Pala

· Fab at Forty Plus – Terry Mungai of Ashleys, Mildred Awiti and a host of fabulous women offer tips on how to look and stay Fab at Forty Plus

· What’s Hot/What’s Not on the Nairobi Stock Exchange? Aly Khan Satchu, author of Anyone Can Be Rich offers hot tips.

·Be Inspired Before You Expire: renowned motivational speaker from Congo, Pepe Minambo will renew your spirit!

·Rasna Warah proposes that International Aid Does More Harm than Good for our Country’s Development. Come join the big debate.

·Makini School will run a spelling Bee for children that anyone 6-14 years can register to join.

·Missing Voices: A discussion led by Hon Njoki Ndungu about those not/under represented on the political scene and what needs to be done to accommodate them.

·What is Kenya? ask those from marginalised communities in the North. Come join this important discussion and contribute your views about forming ONE Kenya.

·Green Profits: Biofuels, organic farming and eco-tourism are earning green profits for innovative eco-friendly entrepreneurs. Join Lorna Omuodo of the Jatropha Project and be inspired to seek green business solutions.

The Kids Zone will host a range of organised and supervised activities including art & craft, song, dance, storytelling, puppet shows, face painting, bouncing castles etc. run by Storymoja in concert with a specialist children’s entertainment company, Motion and Arts. Those five and under need to be accompanied by an adult.

Music concerts by East African artists: Matonya (Tanzania), Peter Myles (Uganda), Sauti Sol, Ground Zero and Antony Mwangi (Kenya ) will be the climax of each day’s entertainment.

What is the Storymoja Hay Festival?
A three day international celebration of stories, ideas, writing and contemporary culture through storytelling, mchongoano, music, books, live discussion forums, demonstrations, workshops, open-mike sessions, debates, exhibitions, live performances and competitions. It is organised as collaboration between the Hay Festival (UK) and Storymoja, a young publishing company formed by five local writers. The Hay Festival held in the UK every May attracts up to 150,000 people ranging from presidents to authors to fans. Check out www.hayfestival.com for more information about this UK festival.

The Storymoja Hay Festival will be held in a temporary ‘tented city’ at the Impala grounds and will include a main stage for live performances and competitions, and twelve themed tents in which twelve x 90minute events will be held concurrently. Each event will be headlined by star guests in each particular field.

What is the purpose of the Storymoja Hay Festival?

The festival hopes to encourage us to ‘own’ our problems by exploring our situations and stories, and search for solutions by generating platforms for discussion and debate. To achieve our 2030 vision, we need to read widely, discuss ideas, and exploit our diversity of stories/backgrounds for nation building. Simply put, the Storymoja Hay Festival is a celebration of ideas expressed in many forms.

Who is invited?
Day-long fun for the whole family with multiple events targeting men, women and children. Programmes will be published in the Nation, and distributed at ticket sales outlets including bookshops and Silver Bird Cinemas.

Where and when?
Venue: Impala Club, Ngong Road, Nairobi
Dates: Friday 31st July, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August, 2009.
Dine with International Stars: Launch at Carnivore Restaurant on Thursday 30th July at 7pm-11pm

Adults: Ksh 500/ per day or buy in advance for Ksh 1000 for 3-days (has to be bought by 30th July)
Kids 6-12 yrs: Ksh 200/day or buy in advance for Ksh 400 for 3-days (has to be bought by 30th July)

Special launch event at Carnivore Restaurant. Dine with International Stars, includes dinner, music, special showing of Cut Off My Tongue (fresh from touring the UK), and interviews with international visiting stars. Ticket costs Ksh 4,500/ and includes a free season’s pass to the festival.

For more information
You can see the programme online at www.storymojaafrica.co.ke or www.hayfestival/storymoja.com or http://storymojaafrica.wordpress.com.

You may also contact: info@storymojaafrica.co.ke; or Millie@hayfestival.com;
Telephone Millie, Carol, Liz or Sheila 0722 838 161 or 0736 758 392
Karibu sana!

Remember that the full programme of events is also posted on the storymoja website and blog so you can also plan whichever other events you’d like to attend at the festival to feed your mind and soul.

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