Ba re e ne re Literature Festival
two days in December in Maseru, Lesotho.
Translated from Sesotho language, the words “Ba re e ne re” mean “They say it was said that…” This phrase is a Basotho equivalent of “Once upon a time…” and is how many Sesotho folktales begin.
Ba re e ne re Literature Festival was first held in 2011 by founder Liepollo Rantekoa. After Liepollo’s tragic passing in 2012, her friends and family came together to carry on the work she began and they relaunched the festival in 2014. Ba re e ne re as an organization on promoting initiatives that “support increased literacy, encourage creative writing and aid artistic exchange between creatives in Lesotho, Basotho outside of Lesotho and creatives from other cultures.”
Rutanang Book Fair
three days in April in Tlokwe, South Africa (we just missed this one too 😕)
The inaugural, festival was started on the 25th of April and ending on the 27th which is South Africa’s annual Freedom Day.
The festival includes book readings, kid’s corner, school talks, book launches, workshops, panel discussions and poetry sessions.
Have you been to these two literary festivals? Tells about your experience in the comments below.