Jalada Mobile Literary and Arts Festival

Jalada Mobile Literary and Arts festival is a cross between a traditional festival and a literary bus tour.

From the 3rd - 31st March 2017 Jalada Mobile Literary and Arts festival will celebrate cultural diversity, situate the place of languages and translations in the 21st century, and revitalize linkages and cross-cultural interchange between Africa and the world.

The festival will cover 5 countries and 12 towns: Kenya (Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu, Mombasa), Uganda (Kampala, Kabale), DRC (Goma), Rwanda (Kigaliand Tanzania (Mwanza, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar).

There will be panel discussions, performances, master classes, workshops, exhibitions, and film screenings, as well as novel techniques in digital mapping and mobile phone mini-documentaries to participate in across these 12 towns.

Follow the links to read more about what you can expect from the Jalada Mobile Literary and Arts festival.

The British Council has awarded Jalada the new Art new Audiences grant

The Rwanda leg of the festival will take place from the 17th - 19th March 2017 and will feature multi-lingual performances, panel discussions, performances, and a poetry workshop.

This project is in collaboration with Jalada Africa Trust (Kenya), Huza Press (Rwanda), Africa Writes (Royal African Society, UK), and a Rwandan art house.

Would you like to be a published poet?

Huza Press, in collaboration, with Jalada Africa and Africa Writes (UK) will host a 2-days Poetry Workshop and would like to work with 60 young Burundian poets below the age of 25.

The workshop will explore the dreams and aspirations of young Burundian refugees in Kigali. The selected work will be edited and published as a collection in French and English and launched during the Africa Writes Festival (UK) in 2017. 

Learn more about how you participate in the Kigali leg of the tour here

Are you interested in collaborating across East Africa? 

The East Africa Arts programme offers grants for East African artists and cultural practitioners to travel and participate in cultural events in East Africa.

Find out more information about our grants.