Mark your calendars! For the last time before the festival in August, our literature Ambassador Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako will speak with one of the guest authors. On July 2nd at 7pm Berlin time (CET) she will be in conversation with the headliner Margaret Busby!
Margaret Busby CBE, is a major cultural figure around the world. Born in Ghana and educated in the UK, she became Britain’s youngest and first black woman publisher when she co-founded Allison & Busby in the 1960s. A writer, editor, broadcaster and literary critic, she has judged numerous literary awards, including the Booker Prize, received many honours and served on several boards, among them the Royal Literary Fund, Wasafiri and the Africa Centre in London. She is the editor of the groundbreaking international anthologies of women writers of African descent Daughters of Africa and New Daughters of Africa, each compiling writing by more than 200 Black women across genre, geography and generation from antiquity to today.
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The African Book Festival gathers the most famous, most influential, award-winning writers and artists from the African continent and its diaspora for readings, discussions, interviews, concerts as well as theatre and spoken word performances in Berlin.
Since 2018, the festival has quickly grown into a popular public event, visited by up to 1.500 people per day, receiving broad local, national and international media coverage.
The event goes way beyond simply presenting new books and authors. Addressing current social, political, cultural and artistic issues is always at the heart of the event. In addition, the audience is invited to become part of a special experience. Through live music, poetry, market stalls offering African food, books, jewellery and fashion, we create a welcoming atmosphere and highlight African cultural production in its many forms in order to fuel debates and personal exchanges across continents.
In order to represent Africa in all its diversity as accurately as possible, the artistic direction and theme change every year. In its first edition curated by the German-Nigerian author Olumide Popoola, the festival looked at transnationalism and migration in a more literary sense of “keeping in motion”. Under the caption “Transitioning from Migration”, the African Book Festival 2019 continued the debate with highly acclaimed Zimbabwean writer, filmmaker and winner of the Peace Prize of the German Trade Tsitsi Dangarembga as curator.
In 2021, the renowned Angolan author and musician Kalaf Epalanga explored the theme “Telling the Origin Stories” by focusing on questions of origin, affiliation and identity as well as the love affair between music and literature.
The annual African Book Festival is presented by InterKontinental e.V., a non-profit association aiming at promoting literature from Africa and its global diaspora in Germany. We facilitate literary events and design literary innovative concepts. Our work is based on collaboration at eye level and mutual exchange between Germany and the countries of the African continent and its diaspora. All our projects are curated by African partners.
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