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Notebook: Record Keeping in the Diaspora

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Matatu Festival of Stories 2017 concludes with an equatorial dance party! Take the sultry vibe of the Latin American Tropics, combine with the rhythm of India ("Taal") and stir into Tropitaal - a Desi Latino Soundclash where the hottest club sounds from India and Latin America go head to head in an all-night dance-off of epic proportions.

The mistaken assumption is that a writer’s notebook is a diary. Certainly, there are writers who, indeed, keep diaries, but a writer’s notebook is so much more.

‘My notebook is a collection of reflections, speculations, confessions, descriptions, quotations, impressions, and meditations. It’s fragments of words, sentences, paragraphs as well as entire essays. It contains ideas and drafts of poems and the novel that I am currently writing. Thus, it is one of the most valuable things I own and I don’t go anywhere without it.

In addition to text, my notebook is a scrapbook. In it are receipts, theater tickets, newspaper headlines, excerpts from magazine articles or books, airline tickets, photographs, restaurant menus, labels from wine bottles, and pictures of anything that I think is beautiful – art, interior design, for example. The notebook is my life.’ — E. Gerard Parsons

MATATU invites you and your (new or old) notebook(s) to a writer’s brunch & salon where attendees from a range of origins and backgrounds exchange documentation ideas, languages, and practices.

'Notebook’ is presented by MATATU within a body of workshops that navigate self-determination, wellness, sovereignty, and a roadmap to the future. The workshops are free to the public and funded by Akonadi Foundation's Beloved Community Fund.

MATATU is a platform for conversation, experience, and expression that helps ordinary people share their journeys. Together, we hope to enhance empathy and understanding of the global human condition. 

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