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The Storymoja Hay Festival 2009

What is the purpose of the Storymoja Hay Festival?

The festival hopes to encourage Africans to ‘own’ their problems by exploring our situations/stories, and search for solutions by generating platforms for discussion and debate. To achieve our 2030 vision, Kenyans need to read widely, discuss ideas, and exploit our diversity of stories/backgrounds for the greater good.  It is also part of a longer-term campaign to get East Africa to value reading, writing and ideas in general.

The international Storymoja Hay Festival is  expected to draw 10,000 visitors in a three-day celebration of stories, ideas, writing and contemporary culture through books, storytelling, skits, music, live discussion forums, demonstrations, workshops, open-mike sessions, debates, exhibitions, live performances and competitions.  There will be plenty of entertainment including music concerts, storytelling and mchongoano competitions.

The festival is modeled on The Hay Festival held in the UK every May in which up to 100,000 people attend – ranging from presidents to authors to fans.  The Storymoja Hay Festival will run as a partnership between Storymoja, an emerging local company, and 22 year-old, Hay Festival (UK).

50 hours of event programming per day to include debates, discussions, workshops, eco-fashion show, competitions, films over a period of 3 days.

The Storymoja Hay Festival will feature 132 events based on themes such as Literature, Environment, Gender, ICT, Health, Diversity, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Culture, Gender, Beauty and Self-Development, designed to attract different target groups of different interests.

This festival of ideas will bring together:

  • · Bestselling authors Hanif Kureishi and Vikram Seth
  • · Renown writers Kate Adie, Jan Blake, Daniel Morden, Mukoma wa Ngugi, Chika Unigwe and others
  • · Over forty writers, thinkers, filmmakers  of African origin whose works are making inroads around the world including Petina Gappah (ZIM), Tony Kan and Chika Unigwe (NIG), Monica Arac de Nyeko and Doreen Baingana (UG), Dr. Chris Hart, Billy Kahora, Yvonne Awuor, Judy Kibinge and Parselelo Kantai (KE), Sandra Mushi (TZ) and many others from Sudan, South Africa and Kenya.

Venue: Impala Club, Ngong Road, Nairobi

Dates: Friday 31st July, Saturday 1st August, Sunday 2nd August 2009

For more information, contact Storymoja Africa on:

E-Mail:  info@storymojaafrica.co.ke / millie@hayfestival.com

Tel: (+254) 20 208 9595

Text / Call Mobile:  (+254) 722 838 161

STORYMOJA HAY FESTIVAL 2009 TICKET PRICES

Tickets are available from Storymoja as well as all leading book stores (Booksfirst, Silverbird (formerly NuMetro), Savanis, Book Stop Yaya, Sarit Info Desk).

GATE PRICE

Tickets in Ksh One Day Ticket Season Pass (3 days)
ADULT 500/ 1,200/
CHILDREN

between 5-12 years

200/ 500/

ADVANCE DEAL

Tickets in Ksh Buy tickets before 30th July, 2009 Season Pass (3 days)
ADULT 500/ 1,000/
CHILDREN

between 5-12 years

150/ 400/

LAUNCH ‘Dine with International Stars’ on 30th July, 2009

– DINNER WITH BESTSELLING INTERNATIONAL AUTHORS, ENTERTAINMENT AND MORE – KSH 4,500

SPECIAL PACKAGES

Tickets in Ksh Launch Spectacular plus Season Pass School and Club Packages

–          Offer to social clubs, universities, schools, churches, companies etc.

ADULT 4,500/ 1 free adult ticket for every 10 advance tickets bought as one order
CHILDREN

between 5-12 years

N/A 1 free child ticket for every 10 advance tickets bought as one order

FREE BONUS : One free Storymoja book given with every Adult ticket or Season Pass!

PAYMENT CAN BE MADE WITH MPESA AND ZAP.

TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT SELECT BOOKSHOPS including BOOKSTOP, BOOKSFIRST, SILVERBIRD.

Storymoja Hay Festival 2009 Programme Sheet

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This entry was posted on July 22, 2009 by in africa, Archives 2009 / 2010, careers, storymoja, Writing and tagged .
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