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Matatu Festival of Stories 2017

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The Kenyan matatu, the Thai tuk-tuk, and the Brooklyn dollar van are radically accessible share taxis that get you from wherever you are to wherever you're going. Almost every ride is a shoulder to shoulder experience with avant-garde music and animated conversation. 

We're celebrating five years of bringing peoples together via music, film, and live performance experiences. It’s where people and stories from all over the world intersect. Call it a cultural clash-up! So if you want to know what's going on all around you, hop on.. We'll see you on the matatu in November!

High fives to our festival partners: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts • KQED • East Bay Express • Amoeba Music • Intersection for the Arts

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“Phenomenal. Such immense gratitude..” - Doria Robinson, Urban Tilth

“..a challenging series of community-building independent films that encourage us to consider “inescapable realities” in this time of panic, paranoia, and pain.” - Erin Blackwell, Bay Area Reporter

"All my best shows.." - Yrsa Daley-Ward, Author

“ ongoing conversation in the realms of global south ontology, future thinking art making, and aesthetic enfranchisement of historically marginalized populations.” - Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

“We live in Sonoma – and while it’s peaceful and quiet and beautiful, nights like last night make us long for a community. Thanks for being a force in driving that.” - Natalie Nichols, Sonoma Brands

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. 

We are fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts, and supported by KQED, East Bay Express, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Learn more about us at

Earlier Event: November 10
Aja Monet: My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter
Later Event: November 11
Ballet for Black & Brown Bodies