Promoting poetry and
Kistrech International Poetry Festival in Kenya is currently the most popular and largest literary event in Africa. Started in 2013, its aim is to bring local and international poets together on one platform every year. It promotes poetry and cultural exchange between local and foreign artists.
Spoken-word, rap, song, poetry reading, oral poetry, music instrument-playing, & performances are featured.
Exciting African Poetour
Foreign poets who participate get an opportunity to go site-seeing. They visit the village and learn how Africans live.
Poets and Students
Upcoming poets, especially those from Africa, get an opportunity to learn from visiting poets. Established poets also get a chance to acquire raw materials for their poetry writing.
Literature students in Kenyan Universities have been advantaged as they get to learn of writers and literary works from other continents that they didn’t know existed.
Academic papers on poetry and related genres that are presented alongside the festival activities benefit the post-graduate students. Those in primary secondary and Universities producing, or researching on, children’s literature also benefit through the KICHILA (Kistrech Children’s Literature Association).
Annual Poetour Festival
The poetry event has become a poetour festival; a destination for every poet from around the world. Foreign poets who participate get an opportunity to go site-seeing. They visit the village and learn how Africans live, share in their indigenous foods and local brew, watch African oral poetry and experience the tradition and culture of the people.
Poets also visit Maasai Mara Game Reserve to quench their thirst to see the Big Five. They also visit Tabaka Soapstone Mine in where they see soapstone carvings and its artistic expression, and buy some to take home as souvenirs. A visit to Rusinga Island on Lake Victoria and boat-riding is one of those activities that, not only provide an opportunity to sight-see but also create an interaction space among local and foreign artists.