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 celebrated cultural diversity, explored the place of languages and translations in the 21st century, and continued to develop linkages and cross-cultural interchange between Africa and the world.

The festival covered 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 were 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 #JaladaFestival and #JaladaAfrica on twitter and Instagram to catch a glimpse of the Festival. 

The British Council awarded Jalada the new Art new Audiences grant

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

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

Poetry Workshop

Huza Press, in collaboration, with Jalada Africa and Africa Writes (UK) hosted a 2-days Poetry Workshop and worked with 60 young Burundian poets below the age of 25.

The workshop explored 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. 

Jalada at Africa Writes 2017

 Jalada Africa will be at Africa Writes this July and will discuss their forthcoming poetry anthology "Songs for Burundi." Available in October 2017 the anthology captures the memories, visions, and imaginations of young Burundian refugees living in Rwanda.

While at Africa Writes Jalada will showcase their new documentary, host a roundtable conversation on the experiences of the Jalada Mobile Festival as well as launch their next collaborative series, Jalada 05/Transition 123. Be part of the conversation on Saturday 1 July 2017 from 16:45 – 18:00 where Sara Bruya, Nicole Terez Dutton, Tayu Neogy and Wanjeri Gakuru will be in conversation with editor and literary critic Ellah Allfrey. Buy your tickets 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.