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Mboka Festial Of Arts, Culture And Sport

Starts: 4th Jan 2019

Gambian Cultural Activities and artists and African Diaspora Artists


Start Date

4th Jan 2019

End Date

27th Oct 2018


The Gambia




Mboka means ‘One Family’ in Wolof and will offer festival go-ers a festival throughout January that celebrates Gambian cultural heritage alongside African diasporic cultural heritage.


Fri 4 Jan Gambia Development School – ends 15 January
Sat 5 Jan Opening Cultural Festival at Manduar Development Hub
Fri 11 Jan The Logic of the System Conference at Manduar Development Hub
Sat 12 Jan Run4Africa
Global Hands Publications launch four books (by Gambian Writers)
The Dictator and the Heretic - Momodou Sallah
Closures - Baaba Sillah
Lenrie Peters: Trailblazer of Gambian Literature – Dr. Cherno OmarBarry
Assan Musa Camara by Dr Jeggan Senghore


Sat 12 Jan International Junior Chef of The Year Competition at GTHI Kanifing
Fri 18 Jan Kankurang and Masquerade Festival at Janjanburay ends 20 Jan
Fri 18 Jan Senegambia for Integration from Barra to Dakar - Ends 21 Jan


Sunday 20 Jan Youth Conference @ Ebunjan Theatre (focus on young people with disabilities)
plus performance showcase to include musicians, singers andpoets (young Gambian and visiting artists)

Mon 21 Jan New Dawn Readings and performances with
with Gambian and international visiting artists including
Tsistsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe), Martina Odonkor, (Ghana),
Maimouna Jallow with John Titi (Gambian and Kenyan storytellers),
Farouk Sesay (Sierra Leone), and UK based writers and artists from the UK, Nadia Maddy, Don Kinch Plus published and aspiring Gambian writers including Isatou Alwar
Graham, Musa Bah, Essa Bah and Bintou Sanneh
Venue: Jarama Restaurant, Kololi/opposite Duplex

Tue 22 Jan Honouring our Literary ancestors/Anniversary of the African Poetry Library
Venue: African Poetry Library @ NCAC, Fajara

Wed 23 Jan Workshops in schools around the country

Thu 24 Jan Workshops in schools around the country
(creative writing/drama/circus/storytelling)
Readings from Dayo Forster and Dangarembga
Special guest writer, Ama Ata Aidoo from Ghana- extract of her work translated into Gambian languages with readings

Fri 25 Jan International Igbo Conference (pop-up) @ Senegambia Hotel with discussion, film, language masterclass, music and food

Sat 26 Jan Oware (Wuri) Tournament @Jarama Restaurant, Kololi/opposite Duplex
Arawa : youth workshop and play reading (afternoon) about Mama's young granddaughter Fatou who becomes pregnant. Instead of banishing her in shame, they plan to gift the child. A woman comes to adopt. @ Ebunjan Theatre

In Conversation with Ama Ata Aidoo plus a film on her life and work
@Ebunjan Theatre (Full programme tbc)

Sun 27 Jan Oware (Wuri) Tournament @ Jarama Restaurant, Kololi/opposite Duplex
Closing Party @ Mymoonia Restaurant with open mic competition and Dj’s

Other events with dates to be confirmed very soon include:

Sustainable Tourism Symposium
Ninki Nanka Tour
Excursions 1-3 days
Creative writing workshop programme around the county (22-25 Jan)
Film screenings
Indie Book Show Africa, live recordings

Disabled Facilities

Most venues are Wheelchair accessible ; sign language interpreter on request


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