In 2019, Nairobi witnessed the debut of the Macondo Literary Festival, a literary celebration like no other. Hosted by celebrated author Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and journalist Anja Bengelstorff, this festival was founded by the Macondo Book Society in Nairobi, drawing its name from the mesmerizing realm of "Macondo" in Gabriel Garcia Márquez's iconic novel, "One Hundred Years of Solitude."
Now in its fourth year, The Macondo Literary Festival is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be explored. There are a myriad of reasons for children to be part of this enchanting event.  Here are the top ten: 
  1. Inspiration from Magical Realism: One of the festival's unique features is its celebration of magical realism, a genre that blurs the lines between the ordinary and the extraordinary. It's a gateway to a world where the impossible becomes possible.
  2. Meet Renowned Authors: Meeting and interacting with famous authors and illustrators can spark a lifelong passion for reading. Kids have the opportunity to connect with the creators of the stories they love.
  3. Storytelling Workshops: The festival offers captivating storytelling workshops that encourage kids to tap into their own creativity. They learn the art of spinning tales and sharing their imaginations with others.
  4. Explore Diverse Cultures: The Macondo Literary Festival introduces children to stories and traditions from diverse cultures. It fosters tolerance, empathy, and a greater understanding of our global community.
  5. Celebrate Languages: Immerse your child in the beauty of languages. Through readings and activities, they will gain an appreciation for linguistic diversity.
  6. Family Bonding: The festival provides a unique opportunity for families to bond over their shared love for literature. Attending together creates lasting memories and strengthens familial ties.
  7. Learn About Classic Literature: Even at a young age, kids can explore classic literary works through age-appropriate adaptations and discussions. This exposure sets the stage for a deeper appreciation of literature as they grow.
  8. Interactive Readings: The festival's interactive readings go beyond the passive act of listening. Children actively participate in the storytelling process, making it a dynamic and engaging experience.
  9. Discover New Genres: The Macondo Literary Festival introduces kids to various literary genres they may not encounter in their everyday reading. It broadens their literary horizons and encourages them to explore beyond their comfort zones.
  10. Foster a Love for Books: The ultimate goal of the festival is to nurture a lifelong love for books and reading. With so many exciting literary adventures awaiting, kids are bound to develop a deep affection for the written word.
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Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life

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