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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.


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