The Abuja Literary and Arts Festival 2022, with the theme “The (Struggling) Thriving Artist,” is set to run from October 2 – 8, 2022.
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. It featured book readings, panel discussions, masterclasses, a poetry grand slam, a nature hike, a food fair, writing and art competitions, and lots more. The event run physically in 2018, and 2019 as well as virtually in 2020 and 2021.
In July, festival organisers announced the newest edition with the theme “The Struggling Thriving Artist.” It is set to feature panel discussions, a series of workshops (poetry, fiction, and screenwriting), a boot camp for creatives, a poetry grand slam competition, a stage play, an art exhibition, a book and art fair, a fashion show, and a music concert. The writing workshop will be conducted by Kukogho Iruesiri Samson and Yewande Omotoso while the animation workshop by Franklin Fache.
The programming will take place primarily in person, but with some virtual activities. For more information about the festival, please visit the official festival website.