All set for lit­er­ary fes­ti­val

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

ALL is set for the fourth edi­tion of the an­nual lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val, Ba re e ne re, which gets un­der­way on 9 to 11 De­cem­ber at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Maseru.

The event which was first held in 2011 is the brain­child of the late Liepollo Ran­tekoa, aimed at en­rich­ing the lives of Ba­sotho through the pro­mo­tion of ini­tia­tives which sup­port lit­er­acy, en­cour­age cre­ative writ­ing and fa­cil­i­tate con­nec­tions be­tween local writ­ers and artistes and their for­eign coun­ter­parts.

The fes­ti­val was re­vived in 2014 by Liepollo’s fam­ily and friends who have since added ac­tiv­i­ties that in­clude the pro­duc­tion of a re­vised Se­sotho dic­tio­nary, spell­ing bee and es­say com­pe­ti­tions.

This year’s theme is “Find­ing Your Voice”, and some of the ac­tiv­i­ties to look for­ward to on the first day in­clude the launch of the Ba re e ne re short-story book ti­tled Likheleke Tsa Pou and an open-mic po­etry ses­sion at Rock­view Gar­dens in Khu­bet­soana.

On the next day, the event will move to Maseru Prepara­tory School where ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude lit­er­a­ture panel dis­cus­sions, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, a craft mar­ket, Nala So­cial Mar­ket and the Liepollo Ran­tekoa Key­note Ad­dress by South African au­thor and mo­ti­va­tional speaker Dr Sindiwe Mag­ona.

The cur­tain comes down on Sun­day with the Short Story Day Africa that will also fea­ture a writ­ing work­shop fa­cil­i­tated by three au­thors, Efemia Chela from Zam­bia, Ka­rina Szczurek (Poland) and Cather­ine Shep­herd (Cape Town, South Africa).

Other writ­ers ex­pected to grace the three day event are South Africans Masande Nt­shanga and Ace Moloi as well as Zim­babwe’s Joe Machina.

Mach­abeng Col­lege theatre teacher Li­atile Mo­hale, me­dia con­sul­tant and blog­ger Thato Mo­chone as well as writer Tumelo Moleleki are some of the local arts per­son­al­i­ties who will fea­ture at the event.

Ba re e ne re direc­tor Li­neo Se­goete said the fes­ti­val would en­able “Ba­sotho and the youth in par­tic­u­lar, to ac­cess train­ing and out­lets to prac­tice lit­er­acy and share the unique sto­ries Le­sotho has to of­fer with local and in­ter­na­tional au­di­ences”.

“Our mis­sion is to cul­ti­vate the next gen­er­a­tion of writ­ers and sto­ry­tellers in Le­sotho through lit­er­ary train­ing and plat­forms for ex­pres­sion.

“We also aim to con­nect Le­sotho’s lit­er­ary arts com­mu­nity with cre­ative writ­ers from other African coun­tries and beyond for cre­ative ex­change and im­proved pub­lish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties while en­cour­ag­ing the use of lit­er­a­ture as a tool to ad­dress the coun­try’s press­ing so­cio-eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal is­sues,” she said.

She also said the story book fea­tures 23 lo­cally writ­ten sto­ries (seven in Se­sotho and 16 in English) while the work­shop would ac­com­mo­date around 20 local writ­ers.

The fes­ti­val is spon­sored by Miles Mor­land Foun­da­tion, Vo­da­com Foun­da­tion, UNESCO, Maseru Prep School, Al­liance Fran­caise, MXXL radio, Ba­hati Books, Short Story Day Africa, Nala So­cial Mar­ket and Rock­view Gar­dens.

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