18th edition of the Writers Unlimited Winter Nights Festival

January 8, 2013

From January 17 to 20, the 18th edition of the Writers Unlimited Winter Nights Festival will bring together writers, thinkers and musicians from around the world to the Theater aan het Spui and the Filmhuis in The Hague under the slogan “Want to Know a Secret?” The Hivos Culture Fund supports the festival and has made it possible to include Kenyan writer and poet Ngwatilo Mawiyoo.

Ngwatilo Mawiyoo will present her work on 18 January at Theatre aan het Spui in The Hague under the title “The Medium and the Message”.  Her message: new media gives new hope; one important promise keeps returning – that of openness and democratisation. The event includes a discussion with authors from four countries about the relation between Internet and social media and the hope for more democracy.

Stories of the World

Hivos is organising a special programme on Saturday, 19 January 2013 from 14.00 – 16.00 at the Theatre Dakota: a storytelling afternoon featuring writers from Pakistan, Curacao, Iraq, Kenya and Sierra Leone. The Kenyan poet Ngwatilo Mawiyoo will sing her poems, accompanied by Mark Tuinstra and Serigne Gueye. Her compatriot Gregg Mwendwa, who works for Hivos in East Africa, will discuss the role of arts and culture in his region and the power of storytelling. And foreign students from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague will also tell their stories to the public.

In 1995, Hivos launched the Hivos Culture Fund (HCF) to support cultural and artistic initiatives in the Netherlands that open up festivals and the culture scene to dancers, theatre- and film makers, musicians and visual artists from Africa, Asia en Latin America. The fund promotes artistic exchange and allows cultural professionals to broaden their network, access the international market and generate extra income.