The Abuja Literary and Arts Festival 2021, with the theme “Making Art Work,” is set to run from September 25 to October 2, 2021. The announcement was made on August 13.

The Abuja Literary Society was founded to bring together writers, aspiring writers, book-lovers, intellectuals, and anyone with an interest in the literary arts and looking to relax in a creative atmosphere in 1998. To celebrate the second decade of the society, the team based in Abuja, Nigeria set up the Abuja Literary Festival in 2018. The event featured book readings, panel discussions, masterclasses, a poetry grand slam, a nature hike, a food fair, writing and arts competitions and lots more. The event run in physically in 2018, 2019, and virtually in 2020.

The 2021 edition of festival is set to kick off on September 25 for eight days of events that included a series of workshops (poetry, fiction and screenwriting), a bootcamp for creatives, a roundtable on data availability in the creative space, a poetry grandslam competition, a stage play, an art exhibition and music concerts. This year will be a hybrid festival, with physical and virtual programming.

The chosen theme “Making Art Work” is to programme the festival around finding solutions to the challenges facing the literary space in Nigeria and in Africa. The hope is to take things a step beyond conversations by leveraging on our proximity to policymakers in Abuja to influence policymaking, and proactively equipping creatives with the skills they need to create sustainable livelihoods for themselves and others through their art.  

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