Download Schools’ Program [Right click on link and save] 8:30am – 9:00pm Schools Registration at the Courtyard. Warm up with Music, Dance and Yoga. 9:00am- 9:45am Puppetry Performance: Join Edna Kimani and Project Hand Up in this visually entertaining, and educational presentations as they explore puppet storytelling. 6 – 9 years | Louis Leakey Auditorium Meet [read more...]
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Day 3 [29th Sept]

School's Program

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8:30am – 9:00pm
Schools Registration at the Courtyard. Warm up with Music, Dance and Yoga.

9:00am- 9:45am
Puppetry Performance: Join Edna Kimani and Project Hand Up in this visually entertaining, and educational presentations as they explore puppet storytelling. 6 – 9 years | Louis Leakey Auditorium

Meet the Author: Muthoni Wa Gichuru & Rebecca Nandwa talk about the inspiration behind their stories and share secrets behind their writing process. They will also read from their books and autograph your copies! 10 – 13 years | Coconut Theatre

Poetry Workshop with Peter Kagayi & Philippa Namutebi: Peter is a Ugandan poet, lawyer and teacher. He is the author of a collection of poems, “The headline that morning and other poems”. Philippa Namutebi is the author of Fame and Song: A Memoir. 14+ | Ampitheatre

Illustration WorkshopCurator:  Samira Matthews & Storymoja Studio Team  10 – 13 Years | Storyhippo Tent

Origami: The Art Of Paper Sculpture With Ernest Wamboye Open Age | American Corner


10:00am – 10:45am
Teen Film Central: Engage with the work and thoughts of the next generation of Kenya’s filmmakers at Teen Film Central. Short film screenings and a panel discussion of Kenya’s Top Teen Filmmakers. Facilitated by Mark Wambui 14+ | American Corner

Fireplace: Tots Stories with Soo Many Stories (UG): Do you want your children to find the joy in reading? Bring them for Sooo May Stories’ The Fireplace: Tot Tales, a book club for children. At The Fireplace, children get to travel into the world of fictional characters and experience the magic of stories. 6 – 9 years | Storyhippo Tent

Child protection & Safety with Maryana Munyendo/Simba Safe: Simba-Safe Kenya provides a Personal Safety Education Program (PSE) that teaches children and young adults age appropriate safety skills necessary to protect themselves in risky situations. Learn necessary safety skills, how to avoid getting into dangerous situations online, and what to do if you should ever find yourself in trouble. 10 – 13 years | Ampitheatre

The Illusion of Truth by Mara Menzies: Enter a world where Gods feast, dance and wander through forests. Reaching into the pantheon of deities from the Ifa mythology), performance storyteller Mara Menzies explores our relationship with truth, intention and powerlessness wrapped in the thin cloak of power. How does society control its decision-making when exposed to so many alternative facts? A young man obsessed with joining the ranks of deities, seizes an opportunity to appease himself to the Gods. An innocent misunderstanding leads to disastrous consequences when seemingly justifiable actions are taken without full knowledge of the facts. 14+ | Coconut Theatre


11:00am – 11:45am

African Tales by Brookhouse School: Brookhouse Prep School will be doing a run of their African Tales interactive performance that infuses storytelling, music, dance and color. Come and enjoy the wit, creativity and inventiveness of Naughty Anansi with her unquenchable desire for beans! – In partnership with Brookhouse School, Karen Campus. 10 – 13 years |  Louis Leakey Auditorium

Drama Improv Workshop by Kevin Hanssen: Improv theatre, is the art of creating theatre on the spot, making it up as you go along. Kevin Hanssen has been making things up as he goes along for years, especially in a theatre. This workshop gives the participants hands on activities on how to create interesting scenes out of nothing, develop trust as a team, and above all have fun! 14+ | American Corner

When Children Dare to Dream – Poetry & Book Launch: Using poetry, Kenyan poet Kariuki wa Nyamu teaches the 4 creative skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking to increase children’s capacity to communicate and lead. When Children Dare to Dream is a children’s anthology of poetry and short stories, compiled by Kariuki wa Nyamu and Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva. It’s a colourful depiction of the diversity of children’s truths! 6 – 9 years | Ampitheatre

Illustration/Animation workshop with Samira Matthews & Storymoja Editorial Team: Learn how to make illustrations and animations from the experts at Storymoja Publishing House. 10 – 13 years | Storyhippo Tent

Storytelling with Dr. Mike Lockett: Dr. Michael Lockett (or “Miko Yeh Yeh” as he is affectionately known) is a teller of traditional tales in a non-traditional manner. Because he lives in the small town of Normal, Illinois, he enjoys being called “The Normal Storyteller.” But, there is little that is NORMAL about Mike. He brings high energy and creative uses of audio sound effects to his family friendly stories. 10 – 13 years | Coconut Theatre


12:00pm – 12:45pm
Kiddie Music & Book Readings: Jam with the music people from Zion Music House and learn how to make your own music! Enjoy some magic tricks and book readings by Author Turk Pipkin. 6 – 9 years | Storyhippo Tent

Poetry & Folklore with Chuma Nwokolo: Chuma Nwokolo is a Nigerian writer and lawyer. A master of anthologies and poetry, he is a notable name within Africa’s literary sphere and has over a dozen books to his name. This session will make you laugh and cry in turns as you explore the poet in you. 10 – 13 years | Louis Leakey Auditorium

Safari ya Sufferer: Performance by The Theatre Company10-13 yearsAmpitheatre

Creative Writing with Iman Verjee & Edna Gicovi: Teenage is a time full of imagination and stories. This creative workshop offers a unique storytelling opportunity where teenagers & young adults can share their love of language and books, and will be actively encouraged to develop their storytelling skills. Come on board a fun-filled and interactive learning experience where all participants will have the chance to create something truly magical! 14+ | Coconut Theatre

Dance & Music Session with Sakata Dance Judge and choreographer Joan Ball Burgess: Joanne brings an interactive poetry and dance workshop where the participants will be able to read through poetry, sense the rhythm of the poem and work together in groups to create rhythmic movement resulting in choreography set to poetry. Teachers, parents and students will enjoy this workshop as a refreshing approach to Literacy with beats and dance. | American Corner


1:30 – 3:30pm
Write like a Writer with Clifford Oluoch. Write Like A Writer training is geared towards making the student a better and more creative writer and thinker. The sessions are designed in such a way that the student is trained to think and write like a writer following some of the 4Cs of the 21st century: Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking & Communication. Through a series of interactive sessions, the learner is taken through a workshop style of self and peer reviewing of compositions written by students. 10 – 13 Years | Storyhippo Tent

2.00 – 3.00pm

CRAZY TALES with Dr. Mike Lockett  & Muthoni Garland  | Open Age | Louis Leakey Auditorium


Masterclass: House of Fiction
With Chuma Nwokolo
29th September | 2 – 5pm
Storymoja Festival | Pop Up Space | Nairobi National Museum
KES 500 | Register Now

Masterclass: Writing and Devising with Davina Leonard

If there’s a story you want to tell and people you want to talk about then Kenyan actor, writer and producer Davina Leonard welcomes you to an exciting and active session on writing and devising your own one person play. Drawing on techniques she used to create her own ‘one woman gem’ (Broadway Baby, 2014) show ‘Making It!’ which she toured at the Edinburgh Fringe, Camden Fringe and around Nairobi, participants will play and plot their own pieces in the session. Be ready to move, mess up and mould some new work!
28th September | 2 – 5pm
Storymoja Festival |American Corner| Nairobi National Museum
KES 500 | Register Now

 Masterclass: Leadership
With Adeniyi Adedayo [Author, Mandela Washington Fellow, Community Development & Leadership Advocacy]
29th September | 2 – 5pm
Storymoja Festival | Amphitheater | Nairobi National Museum
KES 500 | Register Now

Masterclass: Kanga Mganga  – A creative and fun session that will provide a safe space to have confidential, frank and genuine conversations around Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, ask questions, or talk about our sexual feelings, think about attraction, intimacy, safety, health, pleasure, establish more honest communication, and help create a more welcoming social environment, which will support all the possible sexual choices we may want to make.

Target Population; Men and Women aged 17 and above.

2 – 5pm (approx 3 hours long)
Storymoja Festival |Coconut Theatre | Nairobi National Museum
KES 500 | Register Now

Masterclass: Storytelling through Photography

The Goethe-Institut Johannesburg with Simon Njami – writer and independent curator, initiated the prestigious Photographers’ Master Class in 2008, as a forum for African photographers to meet with museum directors and independent curators to critically engage with their own and others’ work.

During this year’s closed workshop, the Goethe-Institut Nairobi together with the Storymoja Literary Festival, will be hosting a public panel discussion with curators and photographers. The panel conversation will consider storytelling through the medium of photography, while also exploring different methods in which photographers narrate story.

Time: 15:00 -16:30

Venue: Goethe-Institut Nairobi

Cost: Free


All Day

Courage Exhibition by Boniface Mwangi | Courtyard

This exhibition highlights stories of courageous individuals who paid a heavy price for Kenya to be where it is today. This is an exhibition about sacrifice and service beyond self. It is a commemoration of the power of ideas, and of the willingness to relentlessly fight for what is right.

Experience this exhibition and be inspired to be the change you want to see in Kenya. You will encounter men and women who, by living their life authentically and fearlessly, changed Kenya for the better. Their acts of courage may not have been appreciated at the time but they made a difference.

Here, we celebrate leaders who rose above tribal politics and ultimately condemned for their nonconformity. Their sacrifices are a lesson that Kenya has produced quality leaders, and if we stopped voting along tribal lines, our generation could elect passionate and commendable leaders. Each time you simply vote along tribal and party lines, you sell your soul and hinder Kenya’s growth.



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