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Aké Festival, Laos, Nigeria 2020

October 28, 2021 - October 30, 2021

Lebogang Mashile Aké Festival

Just like the 2020 festival the 2021 Aké Festival will be a digital event held between 28 and 30 September.  

This online edition of the festival will be free to access by audiences all over the world, creating an important platform for the intellectually and culturally curious to take part in this celebration of black excellence, resilience and resistance.

Now in its ninth year, Aké Festival is world’s largest collection of African creative voices on African soil and hosts some of the most sought-after, innovative voices in black thought.

 Afua HirschAké Festival 2020
British writer and filmmaker Afua Hirsch will appear at the Aké Festival 2020

The theme for 2021 is generational discordance. The organisers state the following:

“From relationships, love and marriage, spirituality and religion, gender and feminism to politics and activism, the Internet has exposed generational differences. Where earlier generations of Africans are anchored to their cultural identities, our younger compatriots see themselves as a part of a globalised world.

“From Boomers to Millennials to Generation Z, the pace of societal change means our lived experiences are diverse, but this does not mean that our aspirations are.

“This year, in addition to lively book chats and panel discussions, Ake Festival will curate six intergenerational conversations on themes that impact our lives in very real ways.”

Aké Festival Programme

A list of the events can be found here.

Vanessa Kisuule
British slam poet Vanessa Kisuule will appear at the Aké Festival 2020


Free tickets can be booked here:

Cover image of Lebogang Mashile.


October 28, 2021
October 30, 2021
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