Nairobi, Kenya. One week in September
The Storymoja Festival started out as a small gathering of 300 people in 2007, and has grown to a vibrant gathering of the greatest minds in Kenya and beyond, celebrating ideas and culture. The festival offerings are dynamic and diverse to cater for all age groups.
Kampala, Uganda. One week in August.
Writivism started in 2012 and is the proejct of he Centre for Africa Cultural Excellence. The aim of the festival is “to promote emerging writers based on the continent where infrastructure for writing is not well developed.” It’s programme includes, workshops for emerging writers, an online mentoring programme, literary prizes for unpublished work, annual anthologies, as well as outreach to schools.
Abeokuta, Nigeria. Six days in November
This festival was founded by teacher and author Lola Shoneyin under her organisation, Book Buzz Foundation. This festival “celebrates books and other interconnected facets of the arts” such as performance art, visual art, drama, fashion, music, film, dance and writing. It includes, school visits, masterclasses and workshops
Durban, South Africa. Six days in March
This festival just finished its 19th edition. Run by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. This year’s programme broke the establish tradition of hosting all events t the university. Following the theme, Decolonising the Book, the festival was hosted at various community libraries and halls in Cato Manor (Umkhumbane), Umlazi, KwaMashu , Clermont and Inanda. While continuing to bring professionals in the book industry as well as established authors. This festival a includes a school’s short story writing competition in English and siZulu.
Kulture Book Fair
Khayelitsha, South Africa. November
Launched in 2015 by Inkululeko in Mind an organisation that focuses on young people, the aim of Kulture Book Fair is to cultivate the culture of reading in the township. The first goWhereas the book fair is an event, we decided to build up to it over the course of the year. One of the immediate goals was to collect African and diaspora literature from publishers, writers, and philanthropists so that by the time of the next edition our participants are regular readers.