Friday, October 16, 2015


 Are you filled with the potency, cultural significance and shrewdness of Okot p’ Bitek’s Song of Lawino? Then join us for the #Babishai2016 Poetry Festival from 24-26 August 2016 in Kampala. This is an open call.

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Under the special theme, #LAWINO@50, we invite you to showcase your work by:-
Ø  Performing your poems on the theme of @Lawino@50
Ø  Attending ding or holding a poetry master class or monologue
Ø  Participating in a poetry dialogue or silent poetry or
Ø  Showcasing children's poetry or poetography
--  Presenting a critical paper for discussion
We accept poetry in Acholi, Langi, Alur, Lumasaaba, Luganda, Runyankore and any language, you please. We want to hear from you and celebrate with you.

During the three-day festival, we will also have new and older Ugandan and international poets and artistes performing, holding open mics and children’s poetry sessions. 

It's an open call.
v  A one-page summary of what you propose to showcase (as MS Word attachment)
v  A 500-word bio (as MS Word attachment)
v  A recent passport photograph (in jpeg or GIFF)
v  Links to your previous work
All works and inquiries should be sent to
DEADLINE: Monday, 8 February 2016.
Successful poets will be notified on Monday, 4 April 2016

Prior to the festival,  we will hold a poetry session at The Foothills of The Mountains of The Moon from June 10th to 13th 2016. Find details here: 

We look forward to CELEBRATING #Babishai2016 with you!

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