The fouth edition of Ake Arts and Book Festival is bringing a creative whirlwind to the rocky hills of Abeokuta with five days of cultural immersion. This year’s theme is Beneath This Skin and conversations will focus on identity, race and individuality. Also Erotica, prison stories and horror fiction coming out of Africa, it will take place at the Arts and Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta on 15-19 November, 2016.
Ake Festival 2016 will feature 18 authors in 9 book chats, 2 art exhibitions, 1 stage play, 1 in-depth interview, school visits, 12 stimulating panel discussions, 5 film screenings, 4 creative workshops, 1 music concert, a tour of historic sites and a night of poetry performance. Book-lovers and visitors will also be thrilled by the range of affordable books.
Highlights of Ake Festival 2016 –
Book Chats – Distinguished Professor, renowned writer, and literary icon, Ngugi wa Thiong’o will be talking to journalist Okey Ndibe about his fascinating life, his work and his latest book Birth of a Dream Weaver.
Art Exhibitions – Laolu Sebanjo’s exhibition is dazzling. bring your face for some body art. Fatima Abubakar will also be showing us Bits of Borno which captures the lives of the people of Borno State in a stunning series of photographs.
Palmwine and Poetry Evening – South Africa’s Lebo Mashile, Michael Kelleher from the US and Nigeria’s Titilope Sonuga and Dike Chukwumerija.
Film Screening – Haroun’s documentary on Hissene Habre gives us an insight into the horror inflicted on the Chadian people during the rule of the Chadian Pinochet.
Drama – Iyalode of Eti is coming to Nigeria. A star-studded cast in an unforgettable performance. Iyalode of Eti is an enchanting, lyrical theatrical experience that is fresh, dynamic, and surprising. Rich language, bold characterisations and thrilling storytelling carry the audience into an atmospheric world that is presented with startling intimacy and electric physicality. Adapted for stage by Debo Oluwatuminu and directed by Moji Kareem, the play was inspired by John Webster’s masterpiece The Duchess of Malfi.
Concert – Book your tickets now to see Brymo, Falana and Adunni Nefertiti in concert. 90 minutes of acoustic bliss.
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