2018 Ba re Litfest Programme

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Ba re e ne re Literature Festival Programme

13 January 2018

Machabeng College

“Decolonising learning”

Activity Time
Arrival and Welcome 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Artist Performances (music, poetry) 2:00 pm – 2:30pm
Session A: Panel Discussion: Exploring Critical Literacies 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm
Session B: Town Hall – Perspectives on museum and gallery curation 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm
Break –  Session change 3:20 pm – 3:30 pm
Session C: Combining fine art and literature 3:30 pm – 4:20 pm
Session D: Young writers reflect on writing and publishing 3:30 pm – 4:20 pm
Break –  Session change 4:20 pm – 4:30 pm
Annual Liepollo Rantekoa Keynote Address 4:30 pm – 5:20 pm
Closing remarks 5:20 pm – 5:30 pm

[Session A] Panel Discussion – Exploring Critical Literacies 

Guests: Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa and Andrea Thal. Moderated by Mookho Makheta.

This session aims to show the importance of literacy and highlight that there are various literacies to consider for communication and storytelling. There is the literacy of reading and writing, but also visual literacy of images and that of social codes. This discussion will touch on the importance of different literacies for success as a writer, citizen and creative entrepreneur.

[Session B] Audience discussion – Our Museum: Perspectives on museum and gallery curation

Guests: Nthabiseng Rammaltli and Ministry of Culture. Moderated by Lerato Bereng.

Rather than a panel, this session is structured as a community discussion for all audience members to consider what museums and galleries mean to them and what kinds of art and history should be displayed there. With a new National Museum planned, we’ll ask what aspects of cultural heritage do community members want to see in that space and what kinds of programming would entice people to actually visit?

[Session C] Panel Discussion – Combining fine art and literature 

Guests: Evan Ifekoya and Tumi Mogorosi. Moderated by Liepollo Moleleki.

This session seeks to explore the intersections of fine art and the written word. The plan will discuss the ways in which literature influences art or is incorporated into art, as well as the reverse, how does fine art inspire literature or find itself being written into a story?

[Session D] Panel Discussion – Young writers reflect on writing, storytelling and publishing

Guests: Thabelo Monyaka and Moso Sematlane. Moderated by Leila Hall.

Placing active young writer’s centre stage, we wish to allow them explain their processes and experiences with peers. This session is intended to highlight real challenges in the literary world, but also offer useful strategies for enduring and thriving as a writer.

Annual Liepollo Rantekoa Keynote given by ‘Me Mpho Letima – Decolonising Learning

Introduction by Lineo Segoete.

It is Ba re e ne re tradition to honour the inspiring life of our founder, Liepollo Rantekoa, by selecting a keynote theme that relates to the current state of literary arts in Lesotho. This year’s theme “decolonizing learning” raises the importance of re-centring the learning experience in a local context. In the address, given by ‘Me Mpho Letima, we will hear how instructors and learners can contribute to reimaging the learning process so that it better responds to interests and concerns emanating from the people, heritage and landscape of Lesotho.

 

Ba re e ne re Lit Fest 2018

Ba re e ne re is extremely excited to announce that our annual event, the Ba re e ne re Literature Festival, will be held on the 13th January 2018 at Machabeng College between 12:30 and 18:00. The theme of this year’s festival is Decolonizing Learning and we are honoured to host members of the global arts education network Another Roadmap School among our guests. Another Roadmap School guests will be in attendance from Germany, Austria, London, Rwanda, Uganda, DRC, Egypt and South Africa.

Programme                                                                                                                                          

Audiences can look forward to a film screening at Alliance Francaise on 12 January at 5pm, live performances by local artists, panel discussions (listed below) and a Keynote address by African Leadership Centre 2015-2016 Fellow and Executive Director of Gem institute Mpho Letima.

Additional sessions include:

Session A – Exploring critical literacies: addresses the importance of literacy and highlights that there are various literacies to consider for communication and success.

Session B – Perspectives on museum/gallery curation: is envisioned as a facilitated community discussion for all audience members about what museums and galleries mean to them and what kinds of art and history should be displayed there.

Session C – Combining fine art and literature: seeks to explore the intersections of fine art and the written word. The plan is to discuss the ways in which literature influences art or is incorporated into art.

Session D – Young writers reflect on writing and publishing: is intended to highlight real challenges faced by young writers in the literary world, but also offer useful strategies for enduring and thriving as a writer.

Partners

Ba re e ne re benefits from the generous support of partners including Alliance Francaise, Nala Project Community Market and Machabeng College.

BA RE Dictionary: Call for new words

Remember our BA RE Dictionary project where we created Sesotho words? We’re turning it into a printed book and we want you to contribute new words for it.

To contribute, please share a word that you invent or comes from Sesotho slang. The word must not already be in a Sesotho dictionary. Next, we need to you write a definition in English and Sesotho and give us one example sentence in English and Sesotho. Do not worry too much about spelling and grammar, we can edit together.

If you’re interested, please send an email to barelitfest@gmail.com. For examples, see the words we made for the project at the link below.

https://barelitfest.com/ba-re-dictionary/

Likheleke tsa puo book on Amazon!

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Supporters of Ba re e ne re,

We wanted to let you know that since our short story collection Likheleke tsa puo: New writing from Lesotho sold out following the Ba re e ne re Literature festival this past December, we’ve made the book available to order from Amazon as an ebook or print copy. We have been so humbled by the interest in the book and the response has really shown how powerful publishing opportunities are for Basotho writers.

Please follow the link below to find the book on Amazon. All sales go towards supporting future literary arts projects in Lesotho.

Purchase Likheleke tsa puo: New writing from Lesotho

Book description: “This essential book, “Likheleke tsa puo”, meaning “wordsmiths” in Sesotho, contains 23 original stories that have never been published before. They are written in both English and Lesotho’s original brand of Sesotho, because it’s incredibly important to promote indigenous language and allow writers to express themselves how they are most comfortable.”

Ba re Litfest 2016 Programme

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The Ba re e ne re Literature Festival 2016 programme

 “Find your voice”

9 – 11 December 2016 

Friday 9 December 2016 – Festival Day 1 – Rock View Restaurant

Activity Time
Arrival and set up 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Welcome to Ba re e ne re Opening Night 7:00 pm – 7:15 pm
“Likheleke tsa puo: New writing from Lesotho” book launch 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Mic poetry 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Performances by headlining artists 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Saturday 10 December 2016 – Festival Day 2 – Maseru Prep School

Activity Time
Doors open – Arrival 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Performances (music, poetry) 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Welcome – Ba re e ne re team and partners 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Session A: The importance of voice

With: Masande Ntshanga, Ace Moloi and Short Story Day Africa

11:00 am – 11:45 am
Session B: Prose vs. Poetry?

With: Joe Machina, Liatile Mohale

11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Break for lunch / Photo booth 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Performances 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Session C: Panel discussion – Decolonising our literature – Sesotho

With: Liatile Mohale, Ace Moloi, Tumelo Meleleki

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm
Session D: Panel discussion – Seeing with fresh eyes

With Masande Ntshanga, Thato Mochone, Short Story Day Africa

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm
Break / Photo booth 2:50 pm – 3:00 pm
Session E: Panel discussion – Lesotho’s legacy of literature

With Liatile Mohale, Thato Mochone, Tumelo Moleleki

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Session F: Panel discussion – Digital publishing

With Joe Machina, Short Story Day Africa

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Break / Photo booth 3:50 pm – 4:00 pm
Annual Liepollo Rantekoa keynote address – Sindiwe Magona 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Day 2 closing remarks from Ba re e ne re Team 4:45 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Book funding campaign is live!

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The campaign to publish our short story collection is live! Please contribute if you can and spread the love to support the literary revolution in Lesotho!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ba-re-e-ne-re-short-story-collection-from-lesotho-book/x/319732#/

Be part of Lesotho’s literary revolution

Ba re e ne re was founded in 2011 when local visionary Liepollo Rantekoa hosted the first Ba re e ne re Literature Festival. Liepollo passed away tragically in 2012, though since then, we, her friends with the support of her family, have rallied together to strive for her vision of a more literate and creative Lesotho.

To expand the opportunities writers in Lesotho have to share their stories, this year we set out to design and publish a book of all new writing, which we plan to launch on the opening night of our literature festival in December. This essential book, which we’re calling “Likheleke tsa puo”, meaning “wordsmiths” in Sesotho, contains 23 original stories that have never been published before. They are written in both English and Lesotho’s original brand of Sesotho, because it’s incredibly important for us to promote indigenous language and allow writers to express themselves how they are most comfortable.

Though some of the earliest southern African literature came from Lesotho, such as Thomas Mofolo’s Chaka, there’s not a lot of publishing of non-academic fiction happening in Lesotho these days. And that’s exactly what makes this short story collection so special. Having hosted our literature festival in Lesotho for the last few years, we can tell you that Basotho writers are hungry for opportunities to get their stories out there and revive our nation’s literary tradition. We can’t wait to share their voices with you.

When people think of Lesotho, they might imagine mountains, horses, woven hats and sadly, HIV, but we’re determined to break the stereotypes of Lesotho by presenting new diverse narratives created by talented Basotho writers telling their own stories. These stories in particular, tackle the nuance of relationships, dreams, religion, sex, and culture in exciting new ways.

What We Need & What You Get

We need your help in bringing this book to life. When this project is funded, not only will contributors to this campaign be able to earn a copy of the book, you will also have been an important part of igniting Lesotho’s literary revolution. At the different reward levels you can earn a signed copy of the book, get your name printed in the book, and be an official sponsor of Ba re e re’s book launch event!

Our goal is to raise $900 to cover the book’s design, editing, printing and registration. We’re doing as much of the work as possible in house to keep costs low. Here’s the breakdown of what we’re asking for:

  • $520 will go to the book printing
  • $100 will go to book editing
  • $100 will go to the book’s design
  • $100 will go to the book’s registration
  • $80 will cover transaction fees

Impacting Lesotho’s literary future

All sales of the book will go into a BA RE E NE RE BOOK FUND to support the production of future books published by Ba re e ne re so that we can continue to provide a platform to Lesotho’s talented writers. So your contribution will continue to multiply!

The more books we produce, the more Basotho youth can be inspired by local voices, further developing the cultures of reading and writing in Lesotho, and restoring Lesotho’s incredible literary tradition.

Other Ways You Can Help

We realize some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:

  • You can share our campaign with anyone who you think would be interested
  • Connect with us via email to share ideas for future projects: barelitfest@gmail.com

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ba-re-e-ne-re-short-story-collection-from-lesotho-book/x/319732#/