Jukwaani! A Festival of Performance Literature 17th – 20th Sept 09 Goethe Institut, Nairobi

* JUKWAANI! *
* A FESTIVAL FOR PERFORMANCE LITERATURE *
* THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2009 TO SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2009 *
* FESTIVAL OPENING: THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2009 – 6 PM *
* GOETHE-INSTITUT NAIROBI *
* MONROVIA STREET *
* NAIROBI *
* ENTRY FREE *

Goethe-Institut and Alliance Française come together again, in another joint initiative supported by the special fund for cultural projects, established by the French and Germany Ministries of Foreign Affairs created on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty. Following the visual arts project, Contemporary Art in Kenya juried competition/exhibition in 2006, This partnership centers around a festival for literature as stage performance.

In Africa, literature traditionally has always been performance, inseparably intertwined with music and dance, before an audience. In Europe, this connection gradually disappeared, but has recently experienced a rebirth, by the circuitous route through youth culture word-art, through Rap and Slam Poetry. Jukwaani! brings all forms and scenes of performance literature together for four days: From the high culture Swahili literature to Poetry Slam, from Swahili free style to indigenous Story Telling, from the Nairobi poets to Rap. Featuring Abdilatif Abdalla, Ahmad Nassir, Sheikh Ahmed Nabhany, the German Slammer Dalibor Markovic, Talking Drums of Africa, Tony Smitta Mochama, Juliani, Rapcha the Sayantist, Johny of Span Wan, Ukoo Flani, Zamaleo among others.
The festival is held in conjunction with the conference “Swahili poetry in performance“ organized by Bordeaux and Bayreuth universities and IFRA, Venue: IFRA-BIEA, Laikipia Rd. Kileleshwa.

In association with the Kenya Cultural Center

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