Sabata-mpho Mokae

A look back at Lesotho’s Ba re e ne re Literature Festival 2015

Ba re e ne re Literature Festival 2015It was all happening in Maseru, Lesotho as the Ba re e ne re Literature Festival rolled into town from 5th – 6th December 2015.

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.



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