The Writivism festival is back for its 7th edition with a four day’s festivities from the 15th to the 18th of August at the National Theatre. Lucky for those on a saving scheme, there are no gate fees charged- anyone is free to join in the fun.
The festival has always been held to celebrate African culture with emphasis on creative arts in every aspect that is; photography, poetry, plays, fashion, music, story-telling to say the least.
Legendary figures in African literature like Uganda’s John Nagenda and Kenya’s Mukoma Wa Ngugi have attended the Writivism Festival in the previous years.
This year’s festival brings the two Mandela great grandchildren, Zazi and Ziwelene, whose book featuring their grandmother, Zindzi Mandela (the late Nelson Mandela’s last daughter) will be launched at the festival.
Other influential figures such as Apollo Makubya, Kinna Likkimani and Jennifer Makumbi will be present to hold key note conversations on topics like nationalism.
Some of the activities slated to happen include; plays, poetry recitals, children’s book club, a fashion show, short films, photography exhibition, a football match, an alcohol party, an open book market and so much more.
The festival is not exclusive to literature enthusiasts as is the misconception among many. Anyone who loves to pop champagne, have a good laugh and a great conversation is free to swarm in and out of the National Theatre and participate in the fun filled activities.