A snapshot of Poetry Africa 2018.

African Literary Festivals you can attend in 2019

Covering the length and breadth of the continent, here is a list of African literary festivals you can attend in 2019. This list is regularly updated as and when information becomes available.

2018 was a very literary festival filled year for Africa. East Africa had a variety of festivals including the Hargeysa International Book Fair, the Mogadishu Book Fair, the Babishai Poetry Festival, the Kistreach Festival, the Sigana International Storytelling festival and the Writivism Festival. West Africa’s festivals were the Ake Festival, the Lagos International Poetry Festival, Ghana International Book Fair, The Mboka Festival, the 72 heures du Livre, the Niyi Osundare Poetry Festival, and the Pa Gya! Festival.

In North Africa, festivals were hosted in the cities of Cairo, Algiers, Tunis, and Casablanca. In Southern Africa, there were festivals galore like the Abantu Festival, Rutanang Book Fair, Open Book Festival, Time of the Writer, Poetry Africa, South African Book Fair, Litfest Harare, and the new kid of the block Gaborone Book Festival.

This year promises just as many literary high jinks as in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. It’s only fair, like in the previous four years, that we give you our annual list of festivals that will be happening in 2019. Some have announced their dates for 2019 like the Time of the Writer in Durban, South Africa and the Ake Festival in Lagos. Others like Senegal based FILDAK which happen every two years is set to make a return. Then there are others who return at certain months which we will list according to the historical precedent. Please note that this is a work in progress and will be updated as and when information is availed to this blogger.

Like sands through the hourglass, these are the literary festivals of our lives (in 2019).

January

Event: Mboka Festival 2019
Date: January 21-28, 2019.
Venue: Banjul, The Gambia.
Information: Mboka festival official website and Facebook page. You can also follow our posts on Mboka Festival here.

Event: Cairo International Book Fair 2019
Venue: Cairo, Egypt.
Dates: January 23 – February 5.

February

Event: Asmara Addis Literary Festival 2019
Venue: Brussels, Belgium
Dates: February 9, 2019

Event: Salon International de l’Edition et du Livre de Casablanca (Casablanca International Book Fair) 2019
Venue: Casablanca, Morocco
Dates: February 07-17th, 2019
Information: the official website.

Event: Salon International du Livre d’Abidjan 2019 (International Book Fair of Abidjan)
Venue: Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.
Dates: February 11-19.

March

Event: Swahili Literary Festival 2019
Venue: Mombasa, Kenya
Dates: March 1-3.
Information: The Facebook page.

Event: Lire a Douala 2019.
Venue: Doula, Cameroon
Dates: March 4-7.
Information: Their Facebook page.

Event: Knysna Literary Festival 2019
Venue: Simola Golf and Country Estate, Knysna, South Africa.
Dates: March 8-10
Information: Official website.

Event: Time of the Writer 2019
Venue: Durban, South Africa
Dates:  March 11-16
Information: The Facebook page.

 April

Event: International Book Fair of Tunis 2019
Venue: Tunis, Tunisia.
Dates: To be confirmed.

Event: 72 heures du Livre 2019
Venue: Conakry, Guinee.
Dates: April 23-25.
Information: Facebook Page.

Event: African Book Festival 2019
Venue: Berlin, Germany
Dates: April 4-7.
Information: https://africanbookfestival.de/ and Facebook.

Event: Rutanang Book Festival 2019
Venue: Tlokwe, South Africa
Dates: To be confirmed.
Information: Facebook and festival blog.

 May

Event: Nigeria International Book Fair 2019
Venue: Lagos, Nigeria
Dates: May 6-11
Information: Official festival/fair website and Facebook page.

Event: Uganda International Writers Conference 2019
Venue: Kampala, Uganda.
Dates: May 15-17.

Event: Niyi Osundare Literary Festival 2019.
Venue: Ibadan, Nigeria.
Dates: To be confirmed.

Event: South Africa Children’s Book Fair 2019
Date: May 30 – June 02
Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa.
Information: www.sachildrenbookfair.co.za or Facebook.

June

Event: Abuja Literary Festival 2019
Date: To be confirmed.
Venue: Abuja, Nigeria.
Information: festival website and Facebook page.

Event: Afrolution 2019
Date: To be confirmed.
Venue: Berlin, Germany.

July

Event: Africa Writes 2019
Venue: London, UK.
Dates: July 5-7.

Event: Hargeysa International Book Fair 2019
Venue: Hargeisa, Somaliland
Dates: July 20-25.
Information: Official Festival website. 

August

Event: Babishai Poetry Festival 2019
Venue: Kampala, Uganda.
Dates: To be confirmed.
Information: http://babishainiwe.com/

Event: Mogadishu Book Fair 2019
Venue: Mogadishu, Somalia.
Dates: To be confirmed.
Information: Facebook and Twitter.

Event: Writivism Festival 2019
Venue: Kampala, Uganda.
Dates: August 15 – 17
Information: https://writivism.org/ or on Facebook.

Event: Ghana International Book Fair 2019
Venue: Accra, Ghana
Dates: To be confirmed.
Information: Official Website.

September

Event: Tilembe Literary Festival 2019
Venue: Lusaka, Zambia.
Dates: To be confirmed.
Information: Tilembe Facebook Pages.

Event: Kaduna Book & Arts Festival 2019 (Kabafest 2019)
Venue: Kaduna, Nigeria.
Dates: To be confirmed
Information: Kabest Facebook Page.

Event: Accra International Book Festival 2019.
Venue: Accra, Ghana.
Dates: October 24-27.
Information: http://accrabookfest.com/ , Facebook and Twitter.

Event: Open Book Festival 2019
Venue: Cape Town, South Africa
Dates: To be confirmed
Information: http://openbookfestival.co.za/ , Facebook and Twitter.

Event: South African Book Fair 2019
Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa.
Dates: To be confirmed.
Information: http://www.southafricanbookfair.co.za/

Event: Polokwane Literary Festival 2019.
Venue: Polokwane, South Africa.
Dates: To be confirmed
Information: https://www.facebook.com/PLKLitfair/

Event: Gaborone Book Fair 2019
Venue: Gaborone, Botswana.
Dates: September 19-21.
Information:  Official pages on Facebook and on Twitter.

Event: Nairobi International Book Fair 2019
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya
Dates: To be confirmed.

Event: Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2019
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya
Dates: To be confirmed.

Event: Namibia Book Fair 2019
Venue: Windhoek, Namibia
Dates: To be confirmed.

Event: Kumasi Book and Arts Festival (Kubafest) 2019.
Venue: Kumasi, Ghana.
Dates: To be confirmed.
Information: The official Facebook and Twitter.

October

Event: Zuma Lit Jam
Venue: Abuja, Nigeria
Dates: October 3-6

Event: Kistrech International Poetry Festival 2019.
Venue: Kisii, Kenya.
Dates: To be confirmed.
Information: Official festival website and Facebook.

Event: Pa Gya! A literary Festival 2019
Venue: Accra, Ghana.
Dates: To be confirmed.
Information: Official festival website.

Event: Ake Arts & Books Festival 2019
Venue: Lagos, Nigeria
Dates: October 24-27.
Information: http://www.akefestival.org/ , Facebook and Twitter.

Event: International Book Fair of Algiers (Salon International Du Livre d’Alger)
Venue: Algiers, Algeria.
Dates: To be confirmed.
Information: http://www.sila-dz.com

Event: Lagos International Poetry Festival 2019
Venue: Lagos, Nigeria.
Dates: October 31- November 4.
Information: https://lagospoetryfestival.com/, Facebook, and Twitter.

Event: Poetry Africa 2019
Venue: Durban, South Africa.
Dates: To be confirmed.
Information: Official Facebook.

Event: Feminart Arts and Book Festival 2019
Venue: Lilongwe, Malawi
Dates: To be confirmed.

November

Event: Lagos Arts and Book Festival 2019
Venue: Lagos, Nigeria
Dates: November 4-10.
Information: http://www.lagosbookartfestival.org/ and Facebook.

December

Event: Abantu Book Festival 2019
Venue: Soweto, South Africa
Dates: December 5 – 8.
Information: https://www.abantubookfestival.co.za/, Facebook and Twitter.

Event: Crater Literary Festival 2019.
Venue: Enugu state, Nigeria.
Date: To be confirmed.

Event: Ba re e ne re literary Festival
Venue: Maseru, Lesotho
Dates: To be confirmed.
Information: https://barelitfest.com/ and Facebook.

 

 

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