Ba re Litfest 2016 Programme


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

2015 Festival Programme announced!


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

Moses Kilolo announced as festival guest

We are extremely fortunate to be hosting Moses Kilolo as a festival guest this December. Moses is the Managing Editor of Jalada Africa, a pan-African writers’ collective based in Nairobi, Kenya. If you haven’t read Jalada’s publications, do yourself a favour and check them out at

Please give Moses a warm welcome when he comes all the way from Kenya for the Ba re e ne re Literature Festival 5-6 December at Machabeng College in Maseru. (Photo: Comfort Soila/Facebook)