African Book Festival Berlin

04/26/18
Category: Nachrichten, Afrika, CrossCulture, Kunst- und Kulturaustausch, Migration, Europa  
"Writing in Migration" is the title of Berlin’s first festival for African literature. Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

"Writing in Migration" is the title of Berlin’s first festival for African literature. Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

From 26 to 28 April, the literary agency InterKontinental presents for the first time in Berlin a literary festival with and by African writers. Curated by the German-Nigerian author Olumide Popoola, the festival looks at transnationalism and migration in a more literary sense of "keeping in motion". Under the festival banner of "Writing in Migration", for three days and with the help of fiction, poetry, lectures and panel discussions, the focus will be on the African reality of life.

Authors from three continents – Africa, Europe and North America – will be addressing a number of topics at the festival, looking for answers to questions such as: What does it mean to live and write after a forced or voluntary move to Europe or the United States? How do African writers process constant movement through spaces and identities? Is there a responsibility towards tradition or even an African identity?

Berlin's first festival for African literature is sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation as well as Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Europe.