This year’s BIGSAS Festival of African and African Literature will take place on July 3 & 4 via live stream on YouTube.

The 2020 festival is hosted by Dr. Susan Arndt, professor of Transcultural English Literature at Bayreuth University. This year’s theme is “Care, Responsibility and Solidarity: Narrating Resistance in Arts, Academia and Activism.” It is described on the festival’s website as follows:

The digital festival features African and African-diasporic visual and verbal narrations about Covid-19 and the BlackLivesMatter-movement – and respective visions for resistance, solidarity and care. The digital festival invites artists (writers, visual arts, musicians), academics and activists to converse with each other – and the virtual audience all around the globe.

Featured speakers and performers include Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Achille Mbembe, Iyanu Adebiyi, Aderemi Adegbite, ‘Jàre Adébáyọ̀, Efe Paul Azino, Ismail Bala, BLESZ, Maryam Gatawa, Omoniyi Gabriel Gilbert, Kola Igbasan, Morrison Jusu, Siphumeze Kundayi, Tiffany Kagure Mugo, Nicksha T. Mwanandimayi, Zanta Nkumane, MR. REED, Lulu Sala, Sepidar Theater Group, Manape Shogole, Nuno Silas, Véronique Tadjo, Childo Tomas, Abeiku Arhin Tsiwah, Simon Vincent, and Cândido Salomão Matchume Zango.

Click here for the African Literature Festival YouTube Channel.

Click here for the Festival Program in which all events will stream according to Central Europe Summer Time (CEST).

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