The fourth Abantu Book Festival
05 – 08 December
At Eyethu Lifestyle Centre, Mofolo
Soweto Theatre in Jabulani
The Abantu Book Festival was founded in 2016 by a team led by Thando Mgqolozana for all people/ abantu interested in literature: black readers, writers, performers, scholars, publishers and booksellers. Abantu takes place in Soweto, South Africa. The first edition of the festival in Soweto hosted artists from across the continent. And the following festivals were even bigger in 2017 and 2018.
Take a look at previous years here.
This year, the Abantu Book Festival 2019 will be held at various venues: at the Eyethu Lifestyle Theatre and the Soweto Theatre. So far, guests this year include Mona Eltahawy, Basetsana Kumalo, Zakes Mda, Chris Abani, d’bi. young anitafrika, Frankie Chike Edozien, Sihle Bolani, Buhle Ngaba, Keletso Mopai, Wana Udobang, Masande Ntshanga, Kopano Ratele, Zukiswa Wanner, Siphiwo Mahala, Sihle Bolani, Masande Ntshanga, Outwile Tsipane, Mohale Mashigo, Tlaleng Mofokeng, Xolisa Guzula, Lerato Mogoatlhe, Nontobeko Sibisi, Mteto Nyati, and Christopher Ouma.
The Abantu Festival is a non-profit initiative and therefore relies on donations and sponsorship. South African bibliophiles contribute, of course. Besides this, however, the festival is supported by various organisations, including South Africa’s National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Arts & Culture, Soweto Theatre, Eyethu, and Miles Morland Foundation. Find out more here.