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 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

 

2016 Ba re Litfest dates: 9-11 December

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Hi friends, we’re preparing for another incredible Ba re e en re Literature Festival aka “Ba re Litfest” and so make sure our dates are on your radar and on your calendar. This year our 3-day festival will be 9-11 December with the theme “Fumana lentsoe la hao/Find your voice”. More details to come soon.

Ba re e ne re……Qoi

Ba re Litfest 2015 was a success!

We’re still on cloud nine from the incredible vibe experienced at the 3rd Ba re e ne re Literature Festival held at Machabeng College in Maseru from 5-6 December 2015. We had the great privilege of hosting a wonderful crew of guests at this festival and our young audience came out to en masse to absorb the amazing energy and knowledge shared in the conversations, performances, lectures and mentorship sessions that went down at the festival.

As is always the case there were a few unexpected challenges to overcome and bumps in the road, but we stayed focused and delivered in putting on a successful event. When you see young, hungry eyes, witness incredible connections being made and feel the warmth of fingers snapping with appreciation to profound words it’s a reminder that the months of toiling are all worth it.

To share the experience of the 2015 Ba re e ne re Literature Festival please take a look at our photo albums and watch our video from the event below. We’re really proud of what we were all able to accomplish together. Thank you to all of our sponsors, partners, guests, volunteers, media team, performers, audience members and friends who helped make the festival magical.

Photos Festival Day 1

Hlubi Mboya reading Zakes Mda’s “The Sculptors of Mapungubwe” courtesy of #longstorySHORT

Ba re Open Mic Night

Photos Festival Day 2