The fourth edition of the Nkabom Literary Art Festival has been scheduled to take place in Accra, Ghana, from 25th to 28th September, this year.
Nkabom Literary Art Festival, established in 2016 by Inkfluent, is Ghana’s rooted communal Pan-African experience where literature meets art, science, technology, design, performing arts and more. Organizers say the festival is aimed at transforming immediate society.
The Nkabom Literary Art Festival, is an alternative artist atelier, writers safe haven and performers platform, which is experienced and detailed, open and diverse as any cultural institution can be. Another edition will take place inLomé, Togo from the 2nd October to 4th October, 2019. This year’s theme is “Cultural Slums and Sanctuaries”. Cultural Slum is a term borrowed from the artist, poet, mathematician and scholar Dr.Kąrî’kạchä Seid’ou. From the historical standpoint and the emotive elements of geopolitics, to the layered material cultures and theories of climatic determinism. Sanctuaries on the other hand, echoes the ‘Sankofa’ feeling across board as emboldened by the “Year of Return” pronouncement in Ghana and Togo’s elaborate diaspora relations. Cultural Slums and Sanctuaries is an anatomical visitation into the decay of a body which was originally engineered to spark self-sustenance in multiple interconnected points.
This year, the activities will witness great writers, photographers, sound artists, legendary musicians and more, using their bodies, voices, and minds to carve new dialogues, engage in thoughtful installations and give space to underrepresented names.
Some featured and participating acts in this year’s festival are:
Balims 1er (Burkina Faso), Mariska Araba Taylor (Ghana), Trez Foli (Togo), Hind Meddeb (France), Mariusz Smiejek (UK), Gopal Das (Benin), LGBTQ Rights (Ghana), Momo Kankua (Togo), Bronx Bound Books (USA), Abel Korinsky (Germany), Sasha Gankin/BBC (France), Dr John Collins (Ghana), Kofi Akpabli (Ghana), Christopher Robbins, John Ewing and Maria Del Carmen Montoya of Ghana ThinkTank (USA), Morel (Togo), Dr Dorothy Amenuke (Ghana), Kenneth Balfelt (Denmark), Felix Maria Zeppenfeld, Dr Martin Egblewogbe (Ghana), Selassie Mensah (Ghana), Flash Fiction Ghana, Writers Café (Ghana), Sophie Stückle and Sahba Sahebi(Germany), Leila Adu (Ghana/New Zealand), Alejandro Van Zandt-Escobar (Colombia/USA), African Perspectives Publishing (South Africa), La Danza Poetica Radio by DJ Lapkat (Australia), Charlie Kwai (UK), Bisi Adjapon (Ghana), Nana Awere Damoah (Ghana), Dela Botri and band (Ghana), DJ TMSKD (Ghana), Lucked In (France/Ghana/US), Kofi Beatmenace(Ghana), Nana Anoff (Ghana), Martin Toloku (Ghana), Léllé Demertzi (Germany), Daddo and band (Ghana), Akotowaa (Ghana), Fafanyo (Ghana), Claudia Owusu (Ghana), Kofi dzogbewu (Ghana), Fiona Ansah (Ghana), Abdul Haqq Mahama (Ghana), Dodzi Korsi Aveh (Ghana), Ras Sankara (Togo), Tapiwa Gambura (Kenya), Slam Voz de Levante (Brasil), Church of Climate Change, Zongo Story Project, AccraWeDey, Slam Ghana, Bisi Adjapong (Ghana) and many more.
This year’s festival features workshops, book readings, poetry and theatre performances, film screenings, concerts, poetry slam, musical concerts, exhibitions, panel discussions and talk sets among others.
The Nkabom Literary Art Festival is a free thought space where weavers of cutting edge oral and written word, musicians, academics, artists and influencers from all corners of West Africa, and scapes around the world gather to share in an inclusive environment regardless of age, gender, sexuality, religion and educational background.