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2012 Kwani? Litfest Live Stream

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2012 Kwani? Litfest Live Stream Schedule

  • 13th December 2012, 2.30pm : Dr. Nawal El Saadawi on Writing & Politics
  • 13th December 2012, 5.30pm: Reporting The Horn with Rasna Warah, Guled Mohammed, Lillian Odera & Susannah Price in conversation with Tom Maliti

Please note that broadcast times are in EAT(East African Time) UTC/GMT +3 hours

3bute Mash-ups for Kwani? Litfest 2012

3bute [pronounced: tribute] is an online anthology devoted to the contexts often missing when African stories are reported. Their mash-up platform lets artists collaborate with writers on 3-page visualizations of their stories and journalism. The visuals become pinboards readers can tag with context they think is relevant to the story. By being able to add context to these narrative and "mashable" surfaces, their goal is to render, with your help, the developing world in a more engaging and immersive way.

3bute and Kwani Trust have collaborated on a series of mash-ups by writers appearing at Kwani? Litfest 2012.  The first in the series ‘Desperate to Fight’ by Ethiopian playwright Meaza Worku is now live and the mash-up has started.  Check out the amazingly innovative combinination of text and image, and get involved by adding your own content and comments.

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Kwani? Litfest 2012 Conversations with the Horn Kicks Off at Kifaru Gardens
by Kate Hampton

The fourth biennial Kwani? Litfest kicked off on Sunday in Eric Wainaina’s spacious studio garden. Kwani? Litfest 2012: Conversations with the Horn brings together leading and emerging writers, artists and scholars from the region and continent for 8 days of free events including performances, readings, conversations, panels and lectures.

Somali poet and songwriter Maxamed Ibraahim Warsame, better known as Hadraawi, headlined the event. Widely acclaimed as Somalia’s greatest living poet and one of Africa’s best, Hadraawi has earned fame through his poetry as a freedom fighter, peace promoter and social justice advocate. He will receive a 2012 Prince Claus award in January 2013 for his contributions to peace through poetry. Writer and scholar Said Jama Hussein moderated and translated the session between Somali and English.

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