ABANTU BOOK FESTIVAL (info)


Abantu Book Festival

Imagining Ourselves into Existence

Following the phenomenal success of its inaugural year, Abantu Book Festival announces the line-up for its second edition, which takes place on 7-10 December 2017. Founded as a platform for black writers and readers, Abantu Book Festival envisions itself as an annual pilgrimage and sanctuary for its participants and visitors, and requests that this sanctity be respected.

Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Mofolo hosts free day events from 09:00, while evening sessions take place at the Soweto Theatre from 18:00, at just R20 per person. Guests attending the evening events are advised to book their seats early.

The best poets, novelists, playwrights, biographers, literary scholars, activists and thinkers are integral to a program that includes Zakes Mda, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Zubeida Jaffer, Gcina Mhlope, Grace Musila, Kopano Matlwa, Ayobami Adebayo, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Mandla Langa, Shubnum Khan, Sisonke Msimang, Zethu Matebeni, Redi Tlhabi, Pumla Dineo Gqola and many others. The full author profiles can be accessed at: www.abantubookfestival.co.za.

“The line-up hints at a lively and highly topical program, featuring panel discussions, in-conversations, poetry, hands-on writing workshops, children’s activities, film screenings, as well as music,” Mgqolozana said. “Visitors should look forward to an Abantu weekend that grapples with, interrogates, and illuminates the stories of black lives.”

The full program will be available in November.

More Information

About Abantu Book Festival:

The mission of Abantu Book Festival is to create a platform that amplifies the voices of black writers, as well as be a home for black readers. While the book remains the central medium of the festival, Abantu Book Festival embraces all forms of storytelling. Now in its second edition, and coming in the wake of the Rhodes Must Fall movement, Abantu Book Festival has become a major annual project, founded by novelist Thando Mgqolozana in 2016. The festival immediately found its niche in the literary scene, becoming the most anticipated literary event of the year.

Press Contact:

For images, interviews, or further information contact Abantu Book Festival Project Manager, Nontobeko Dlamini: molweni@abantubookfestival.co.za

Please note that we do not provide Media Accreditation, you simply show up and buy tickets where necessary.

Website: abantubookfestival.co.za
Twitter: @Abantu_
Facebook: @AbantuBookFest
Instagram: abantubookfest_

Thursday, 7th Dec

 

Time Event
18:00-20:00  

Host: Lebo Mashile

 

Remarks: Thando Mgqolozana

 

Poetry Performance: Mthunzikazi Mbungwana

 

Keynote Address: Tsitsi Dangarembga

 

Venue: Red Theatre

 

Tickets: R20.00

 

 

Friday, 8th Dec

 

Time Event
18:00-20:00

 

 

Description: Pumla Dineo Gqola in conversation with Tsitsi Dangarembga

 

Venue: Blue Soweto Theatre

 

Tickets: R20.00

 

Description: Malebo Sephodi in conversation with Mohale Mashigo

 

Venue: Soweto Theatre

 

Tickets: R20.00

20:30-21:30

 

Book Launch: The Heart Knows

 

Venue: Blue Soweto Theatre

 

Tickets: R20.00

 

Description: Neo Maditla in conversation with Nadia Davids

 

Venue: Yellow Soweto Theatre

 

Tickets: R20.00

 

 

Saturday, 9th Dec

 

Time Event
18:00-20:00  

Description: Zamandlovu Ndlovu in conversation with Ayobami Adebayo.

 

Venue: Blue Soweto Theatre

 

Tickets: R20.00

 

Description: Sindiwe Magona

 

Venue: Yellow Soweto Theatre

 

Tickets: R20.00

 

20:30-21:30

 

 

Moderator: Masechaba Mtolo

 

Topic: Almost Sleeping My Way to Timbuktu

 

Description: Sihle Khumalo is the author of Almost Sleeping My Way to Timbuktu, Heart of Africa and the best-selling Dark Continent, My Black Arse. Khumalo discusses his love for traveling the African continent and writing about it.

 

Featuring: Sihle Khumalo

 

Venue: Yellow Soweto Theatre

 

Tickets: R20.00

 

Topic: Triumphs and Paradoxes of a Writing Life

 

Description: Mandla Langa and Nthikeng Mohlele reflect on the artistic and cultural dimensions of a writing life.

 

Venue: Blue Soweto Theatre

 

Tickets: R20.00

 

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