1. Ake Festival
  2. 2016 Highlights
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WELCOME TO AKE ARTS & BOOK FESTIVAL

Bringing a creative whirlwind to the rocky hills of Abeokuta, Ake Festival is five days of cultural immersion. Novelists, poets, dancers, actors, illustrators, activists, musicians, artists and thinkers storm the historic city and share their work and their ideas. 

The fourth edition of Ake Arts and Book Festival will take place at the Arts and Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta on 15-19 November, 2016. This year's theme is Beneath This Skin and conversations will focus on identity, race and individuality. We will also be looking at Erotica, prison stories and horror fiction coming out of Africa. 

As part of our aim to develop, promote and celebrate creativity on the African continent, 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 be thrilled by the range of affordable books at the Ake Festival Bookstore.

 

Book Chats

Literary icon, Ngugi wa Thiong'o will be talking to journalist Okey Ndibe about his fascinating life and his work. Such a rare treat!

 

Palmwine and Poetry Evening

South Africa's Lebo Mashile, Michael Kelleher from the US and Nigeria's Titilope Sonuga and Dike Chukwumerija?

 

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.

 

Film Screening

Haroun's documentary on Hissene Habre gives us an insight into the excesses of the Chadian Pinochet .

 

Drama

You heard it here first! Baba Segi and his wives are back at Ake Festival to make you laugh and cry. Emotional rollercoaster on stage.

Click here to book Drama Ticket

 

Concert

Book your tickets now to see Brymo, Falana and Adunni Nefertiti in concert. 90 minutes of acoustic bliss.

Click here to book Concert Ticket

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