Season 5 of Afrolit Sans Frontieres, with the theme “Journeys,” runs from July 27 to August 3, 2020
Afrolit Sans Frontières, a virtual literary festival for writers of African origin, was founded by author and publisher Zukiswa Wanner as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdowns. The festival format is two sessions a day on Instagram Live with an artist moderated by a host who also fields questions from audience members.
Season 1, curated by festival founder Zukiswa Wanner, ran from March 23-30. It had 16 writers from 10 African countries sharing their work from 15 different cities in English, French, Lingala, or Portuguese. The festival theme was sex.
Season 2, co-curated by Zukiswa Wanner and Maaza Mengiste, ran from April 20-27. It had 16 writers from 14 countries streaming from 13 cities in English, French, or Portuguese. The festival theme was “What I Wish You’d Ask Me.”
Season 3 co-curated by Mohale Mashigo and Zukiswa Wanner ran from May 25 – June 1. It featured 16 writers from 13 countries streaming from 15 cities in English, French, and Portuguese. The festival theme was “Past. Present. Future.”
Season 4, curated by festival founder Zukiswa Wanner alongside Cifordom, Ethale Publishing, and Peripherals who helped source French and Portuguese speaking artists ran from June 29 to July 6, 2020. It had 16 writers sharing their work from 12 different cities in three continents in English, French, and Portuguese. The festival theme was “To Cut A Long Story Short”.
Season 5 promises the same high jinks we have come to expect with writers engaging with passionate commenters giving their opinions on every topic imaginable. This edition which runs from July 27 to August 3 will have the theme “Journeys.”
The writers taking part in the festival will be revealed closer to the dates.