The Kistrech International Poetry Festival 2018 is set to happen in a series of towns in Kenya from October 3-10.
The Kistrech International Poetry Festival was founded by Dr Christopher Okemwa in 2013 to promote poetry and cultural exchange between local and foreign artists. The annual shebang sees spoken-word, rap, song, poetry reading, oral poetry, music instrument-playing, & performances featured. Some of the artists and academics to previously star at this festival are Mmakgosi Tau, Sitawa Namwalie, Beatrice Ekesa, Tebogo Khumo Moloise – Kunta, Prof Arif Khudairi, Tendai Maduwa, Onarinde Fiyinfoluwa, Peter Onyancha, Dr Evans Nyamwaka, Dr Fred Mbogo, Prof Animasaun Kayode, Mariam Mpaata Melloney, Obediah Michael Smith, and Tete Burugu.
This year, the festival promises more of the same high jinks it has become famous for including performances from poets, presentation of academic papers in a variety of venues including Riara University, Strathmore University, Hotel Le Premier Kisii, and Maseno University. The festival will visit several towns including Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii, and even the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
Artists participating in this festival are Joanna Lundberg (Sweden), David Giannoni (Italy), Dr Malgorzata Lebda (Poland), Magdalena Sørensen (Sweden), Funke Michaels (Nigeria), Professor Erika Martinez (Spain), Prof. Vim Nadera (Philippines), Prof. Marilena Zackheos (Cyprus), Kjersti-Bjoerkmo (Norway), Alexandra Salmela (Finland), Krystyna Lenkowska (Poland), and Mari Laaksonen (Finland). You can see a full list of festival artists here.