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Ake Festival Online

Next week sees the start of Ake Festival, the world’s largest festival of Black Voices taking place in Lagos Nigeria. For the first time in 2020 Ake Festival is going digital and will be free for all.

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Thursday 22nd October, 2020 @ 9:00 am

  • In Conversation
  • Online event

Free

About the Event

Next week sees the start of Ake Festival, the world’s largest festival of Black Voices. Taking place from 22nd – 25th October 2020 in Lagos Nigeria. For the first time in 2020 Ake Festival is going digital and will be free for all, thanks to sponsor Stirling Bank. 

 

Now in its 7th year, Ake Festival is at the heart of international conversations around the importance of diversity in publishing, and consistently showcases the freshest and most exciting voices from the Africa diaspora. 

 

For anyone wanting to engage with black writing and black voices, Ake Festival is a who’s who of the most important voices of our time. This year’s festival includes  Tayari Jones, winner of the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction, Booker Prize-winning Jamaican author Marlon James, Esi Edugyan author of Washington Black, Tochi Onyebuchi, American author of the urgent – and somewhat prescient – dystopian novel Riot Baby; Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian-American author of Headscarves and Hymens. With panels including ‘Black Women Harnessing Anger for Social Change’, ‘Blacktivism Around The World, and ‘Why Africa Needs Feminist Giants’, the 2020 edition of the festival will be more thought provoking than  ever. Part of the beating heart of African and BAME publishing, Ake Festival’s headline author for the 2019 Tsitsi Dangarembga has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020 as has Maaza Mengist who will be  at Ake Festival  this year talking about her novel The Shadow King.

 

Aké Festival’s theme for 2020 is ‘African Time’ in recognition of the global anti-racism movement that has gathered momentum and visibility in recent months. Audiences across the world will be able to join this free event, engaging with luminaries from literature, poetry, film, theatre, music and visual arts in discussions about some of the most critical issues of our time, including race, gender, identity, equality and empathy.