2015 Ba re e ne re Literature Festival programme

5th – 6th December 2015

Saturday 5 December 2015 – Festival Day 1 – Machabeng College

Activity Time
Doors open – Arrival in Main Hall 9:30am – 10:30am
Artist Performances 10:30am – 11:00am
Welcome – Ba re e ne re team – projects, awards, Rantekoa’s 11:00am – 11:30am
#longstorySHORT story reading with Hlubi Mboya with Mbali Kgosidinsi 11:30am – 12:30pm
Break for lunch 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Student performances 1:30pm – 2:00pm
Session A: Panel – Writing for social change (Room 2)

With Lucy Kolobe, Napo Masheane and Boreng Hlalele

2:00pm – 2:50pm
Session B: Panel – Writivism Prize Winners reading (Main)

With Anthea Paelo and Saaleha Bamjee

2:00pm – 2:50pm
Break 2:50pm – 3:00pm
Session C: Panel – Cultivating new readers (Room 2)

With Napo Masheane and Moses Kilolo

3:00pm – 3:50pm
Session D: Panel – The state of African literature (Main)

With Moses Kilolo and Mbali Kgosidinsi

3:00pm – 3:50pm
Break 3:50pm – 4:00pm
Liepollo Rantekoa keynote: “Reclaim your story” – Sabata-mpho Mokae 4:00pm – 4:50pm
Day 1 closing remarks 4:50pm – 5:00pm

Saturday evening poetry event – 7:30pm – 10:00pm – Victory Arts Centre (Lapeng)

Activity Time
Welcome and “Peace Natives” poetry film screenings 7:30pm – 8:00pm
Schedule Performances with Napo Masheane, Christie van Zyl and more 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Open Mic – show us what you got! 9:00pm – 10:00pm

Sunday 6 December 2015 – Festival Day 2 – Machabeng College

Activity Time
Doors open – Arrival 11:00am – 11:30am
Writing boot camp (pre-registered – Room 2) With Sabata-mpho Mokae, Moses Kilolo, Napo Masheane and Boreng Hlalele 11:30am – 1:00pm
Break for lunch 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Artist performances 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Skype conversation with George Shire 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Break 3:30pm – 3:45pm
Session E: Panel – The power of poetry (Room 2)

With Mpho Sefali and Christie van Zyl

3:45pm – 4:45pm
Session F: Panel – The Writer’s hustle (Main)

Sabata-mpho Mokae and Lucy Kolobe

3:45pm – 4:45pm
Final artist performances 4:45pm – 4:55pm
Festival closing remarks 4:55pm – 5:00pm
Annual cleansing of the stone (Off site) 5:00pm – 5:30pm


Ongoing activities on both days

  • “French Corner” sponsored by Alliance Francaise with French language literature for browsing
  • “Sesotho Corner” with Sesotho literature available to browse
  • Food stalls and crafts sales
  • Book signings by local and visiting guests
  • Art exhibitions; the BA RE Dictionary project
  • Photo-booth – Tell us who your favourite author is!
  • Bookmaking/colouring for kids