Bringing a creative whirlwind to the rocky hills of Abeokuta, Ake Festival is five days of cultural immersion. 100 Novelists, poets, dancers, actors, illustrators, activists, musicians, artists and thinkers storm the historic city and share their work and their ideas.
The fifth edition of Ake Arts and Book Festival will take place at the Arts and Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta on 14-18 November, 2017. This year's theme is This F-Word and conversations will focus largely on creative women doing amazing things both on the African continent and beyond.
As part of our aim to develop, promote and celebrate creativity on the African continent, Ake Festival 2017 will feature 12 authors in 6 book chats, 1 art exhibition with 5 incredible female artists, 1 stage play, 2 story telling sessions, 1 in-depth interview, school visits, 12 stimulating panel discussions, 5 film screenings, 1 musical concert with 5 amazing women, a tour of historic sites and a night of poetry performance. Book-lovers and visitors will be thrilled by a range of affordable books at the Ake Festival Bookstore.
Ama Ata Aidoo will tell us about her life, accomplishments and works. The event will be hosted by her daughter, popular literary blogger, Kinna Likimani. Such a rare treat!
Somali-American poet Ladan Osman, South Africa's Koleka Putuma, Poetra Asantewa from Ghana, Wana Udobang and Mariam Bukar Hassan from Nigeria will thrill us with their magical performances
This year’s art exhibition will feature the works of 5 incredible Nigerian women whose work will focus on 'The Female Form'.
We have selected Stand Down Soldier directed and produced by Jeryl Prescott Sales as the Film of the Festival.
This year, Ake Festival is bringing Quarter Life Crisis, a one woman play by London based Actor and Playwright Yolanda Mercy.
Book your tickets now to enjoy 5 amazing women in concert!