Swahili Literary Festival 2022

The Swahili Literary Festival 2022 is set to happen in Mombasa and Kilifi, Kenya from March 18-20, 2022. The festival theme is “Exploring language(s) and Boundaries.” The announcement was made on February 10, 2022.

In March 2019, the Hekaya Initiative organised the Swahili Literary Festival in Mombasa. It featured panels covering issues of interest to the literary and general art practitioners in the coastal part of the East African country. A unique aspect of the festival was celebrating those who had contributed immensely to the literary tradition of the Waswahili. Since then, they have run the festival without fail in 2020 and 2021.

The Hekaya Initiative announced that the festival for 2022 runs from March 18-20 with the theme “Exploring language(s) and Boundaries” on Thursday. For the first time in their history, the event will be hosted concurrently in the city of Mombasa and the town of Kilifi. In their announcement they stated;

“Since the beginning, we have been grappling with questions on identity as regards Uswahili, a theme that has taken different forms over the three years the festival has taken place. Still, it’s a theme that would take more than just three editions to explore fully and the most incredible output from this yearly discourse is that it has raised more questions than answers, which ought to be a good thing. I mean, would there be any impetus to proceed with this line of discourse if we had answers to all the raised questions? Mswahili ni nani? Mpwani ni nani? Pwani ni nini?”

We can expect to see many events around the theme for the three days of the festival including panels, readings, poetry recitals, keynote addresses, and loads more all in Kiswahili. If you want to engage in the best literary space in Kiswahili, make your way to the festival in the coastal town next month.