The House of African Feminisms is hosting its very inaugural festival next month themed “Feminist Reflections of Love and Community Building.” The festival will be held from February 10-12, 2023 at Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire.
The House of African Feminisms (HoAF) is a platform for feminist discourse, resource, and enlightenment through cultural exchange and learning. The project aims at highlighting the works of various African feminist scholars, artists and thinkers around the world as well as providing resources on African feminisms. It is funded by The Goethe-Institut in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The organizers shared the news of the theme on Twitter, nothing that it was “simultaneously inspired by the writings of Awa Thiam in “La parole aux negresses” published in 1978 and the African-American revolutionary Feminist Bell Hooks.”
In fact, the aim of the festival is to exchange African feminist ideas regionally and contribute to the networking of African feminists through love and care.
The festival is posited to be a time of sharing and intimate learning on the principals of African feminism and the struggles of loving and caring for one another openly and radically to engender change and inspire those around us to do the same.
— House Of African Feminisms (@HOAF_G) January 10, 2023
The festival is free and open to everyone. It will include masterclasses, panel discussions, book chats and exchanges, concert, an art exhibition, a feminist virgil on self-care, and some dancing. The festival will also feature a nonfiction masterclass by Laeila Adjovia and an advocacy workshop by Sylvia Apata. Other speakers and panelists include Ayesha Imam, Tia Philomène, Sylvia Ilahuka, Tiffany Kagure, Laure Blédou, and Laetitia Ky.
As the festival will be hosted in Abidjan, most of the discussions will be in French to give space to the works of Francophone feminist thinkers and acknowledge their contributions to the movement on the continent.
Date: February 10-12, 2023
Location: Goethe-Institut Côte d’Ivoire
See more details and sign up for the festival here.