Translated from the 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 it is how many Sesotho folktales begin.
The festival which was done in honour of its founder Liepollo Rantekoa included keynote address, performances, panel discussions, bookmaking activities for children, a practice-oriented workshops. They featured writers, editors, publishers, poets, students, artists, educators and expatriates.
Some of the guests of the festival included Sabata-mpho Mokae, Napo Masheane, Moses Kililo, Hlubi Mboya, Christie van Zyl, Saaleha Bamjee, Anthea Paelo, Mbali Ngosidintsi, Lucy Kolobe, Mpho Sefali and Boreng Hlalele.
Check out the great video that the people organising the festival showing all its highlights.