African Book Festival
This April, the Alte Münze will host the largest event of its kind in Germany: the African Book Festival. With nearly 30 authors participating, the African Book Festival showcases the broad range of experience of a vastly overlooked segment of the contemporary literary scene.
Curators of the African Book Festival
Africa is an enormous and widely diverse continent with a population of over 1,2 billion, and therefore a large part of the process of narrowing the focus to a manageable programme that can be presented in a few days is the responsibility of the festival’s head curator. Every year this curator changes in order to give a new regional and literary perspective, a new theme, and often a new linguistic focus.
The festival’s inaugural year, 2018, featured German-Nigerian writer Olumide Popoola, whose theme was “Writing in Migration”. The following year, Tsitsi Dangarembga of Zimbabwe curated the festival with the theme “Transitioning from Migration”. Stay tuned to find out what's on the agenda for the 2023 edition of the festival.
What to expect at the African Book Festival
The African Book Festival is set to include the readings, book signings and interviews that you would expect to see at any similar book festival. However, although literature is the main attraction, many of the visitors and participants alike have broader creative interests. Film, theatre, poetry and music will be heavily emphasised, starting with an opening concert of spine-tingling music.