The 2020 Ake Arts and Book Festival will now be held online. Themed “Black Magic,” the festival, which is in its eighth year, was earlier announced to be scheduled for Lagos, from 22 to 25 October. The massive change is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the social-distancing protocols it necessitates.

Ake Arts and Book Festival released a statement on twitter.

The festival’s last two themes were “Black Bodies | Grey Matter,” in 2019, and “Fantastical Futures,” in 2018.