The Storymoja Festival 2017 celebrates its 10th anniversary today through Sunday.
Since Wednesday, the festival has been focused on children, sharing stories, poetry, folklore, theatre, art and even ballet and blogging with young people starting from age of six upwards.
But tonight, the Festival celebrates with a Gala Night in the Courtyard at the Nairobi National Museum. There will also be a Storymoja Stirrup that is billed as a multimedia explosion in Louis Leakey Auditorium. Saturday and Sunday are the adult moments for the festival when there will be fascinating conversations with writers, journalists, activists and university lecturers.
The Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture will be given on Saturday morning by Dr Paula Kahumbu, the elephant advocate from Wildlife Direct. Later that same day, Kofi Awoonor’s Memories and Poetry will be discussed by Dr Auma Obama and others.
There will also be several book launches over the weekend, including ones by Muthoni Likimani, Catherine Ndereva, Phillipa Namutebi from Uganda, Fauza Beitz and Iman Verjee, Rajan Soni and Sir Mohinder Dhillon.
As always, those attending the festival will have the perennial problem of which events to go to.
Storymoja’s festival founder Muthoni Garland and her staff have once again assembled a dazzling array of art and cultural events, including exceptional artists and scholars. So the big issue is how to go to everything one wants.