Roll Call: “StoryMoja Hay Festival 2012”

Come one, come all Kenyans who love to read, The Story Moja Festival is here again.

Actually, it started yesterday, but it will be going on until the end of the week.

If you’re like me and you are wondering what the festival is about. Well:

The Festival is a four day celebration of stories, ideas, writing and contemporary culture through storytelling, books, live discussion forums, workshops, debates, live performances, competitions, mchongoano and music. It is organized in collaboration with Storymoja, the Hay Festival (UK) and British Council. The Hay Festival held in the UK every May attracts up to 150,000 people ranging from presidents to authors to fans.

I Caroline Mutoko’d that from the StoryMoja website.

One person I asked told me, point blank, that it would quite possibly be “the biggest gathering of creative minds in Kenya sharing their stories.” That’s all I needed to hear.

The crew will definitely be at a few of these so we hope to run into you there.


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‘Nairobi Half Life’ Review: “It’s A Choice To Look or To Look Away…”

Everywhere you look, everyone is saying that Nairobi Half Life is brilliant.
Secretly, I wanted to be the first to pop that bubble.

While I am a huge fan of the arts I have always struggled to fully embrace and love our own. We are not lacking in artists; but they can’t afford to take anymore risks than they already have. We as the audience tend not to consume local art. We shun our own musicians, yet if anyone with a different passport grabs a microphone, tickets will sell out. Same can be said of pretty much every other industry that relies on art; from advertising to cinema. No creative wants to share his creation with an audience that won’t appreciate it or invest in it. Few dare to make that honest gamble, to risk being artistically inventive, invest all time and money into doing something that may go over people’s heads. And even if it doesn’t go over their heads, will they appreciate your labor of love? And even if they like it, will they pay for it?

Who really dares to be a dreamer in Nairobi in 2012? Most of our local artists wouldn’t risk it.

That cannot be said of the cast and crew of Nairobi Half Life.

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