The first Mboka Festival of Arts, Culture and Sport takes place in The Gambia from 7 to 17 January 2017, organised by Camp Africa, Global Hands and SABLE Publications.
For the inaugural festival, we are pleased and excited to welcome the esteemed Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong’o as our honoured guest. He will be participating in the festival and his play, ‘The Black Hermit,’ will be staged during the festival.
Mboka means ‘One Family’ in Wolof and the range of events will offer festival goers a 10-day festival of distinction and diversity that celebrates Gambian cultural heritage alongside African diasporic cultural heritage. It is a One World, Diaspora, Pan-African experience!
The festival includes:
- 9 day Bike Challenge
- 7 day Literary Festival
- 7 day Book Fair
- 7 day Art Exhibition
- 4 day River Excursion
- 3 day Responsible Tourism Seminar
- 3 Day “Good Market” Food Fair
- 3 Day Gambian Cultural /Musical Performances
- 1 day Academic Conference
- 1 day Youth Conference
- 1 Day Marathon Challenge
Culminating in a Chefs’ Award competition and Fundraising Dinner. We are also excited and honoured to announce our first partners:
ADEPT – UK
ASSET BANTABA – THE GAMBIA
HARLEM BOOK FAIR – USA
GAMBIA TOURIST BOARD – The Gambia
NCAC – (National Centre for Arts and Culture) – The Gambia
NUMBI ARTS – UK
OWWA (Organisation of Women Writers in Africa) – USA
SAHEL INVEST – GAMBIA
A charitable cause is supported by each partner from funds raised within the festival. The festival is underpinned by a ‘Responsible Tourism’ remit advised and guided by award-winning responsible tourism activist, Mr Adama Bah, founder of Camp Africa.
“The Gambia as a mature tourism destination with over 50 years of experience has a lot to share especially in the area of Responsible Tourism Development: experiences of making The Gambia a better place to live in and a better place to visit – recognising that it is the positive interaction between peoples of diverse cultures that makes The Gambia unique; this is The Gambia the MBOKA festival wants to showcase. Come and join us!”
The Responsible Tourism Seminar, Art Exhibition, “Good Market” Food Fair, River Excursion and Bike Challenge are led by Camp Africa. The Academic Conference, Gambian Community Cultural Performances and Marathon Challenge are led by Global Hands. The Literary Festival, International Bookfair and Yoga Experience are led by SABLE Publications with the Harlem BookFair (US) and Numbi Arts (UK). The Youth Conference is led by the K.A.I. Youth Movement.
The founders and coordinators of the Mboka Festival are three award-winning organisations that operate internationally through their founders. Behind each organisation are enigmatic, productive personalities of international repute who have produced groundbreaking and inspiring programmes, events and material over the past 25 years. Each organisation supports a local charity. More details can be found here:
Donations throughout the festival can be made through African Writers Abroad (PEN) Centre.