KABAFEST: The gathering of Nigerian creatives up-north

Literature and art have played a key role in preserving and reshaping Nigeria’s diverse culture. It’s always great seeing events and programs fostering efforts to pass culture down to the next generation. The Kaduna State Government has announced a Kaduna Book and Art Festival (KABAFEST). This initiative is the first of its kind in Kaduna. Working in partnership with the Book Buzz Foundation and Gusau Institute, the Festival promises to be just more than just another exciting gathering for art and book lovers. With a diverse and rich line up of writers and panelists like Toni Kan, Leila Aboulela, Zaynab Alkali, Andrew Walker, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim amongst many others, the 5th – 8th of July has a lot to offer.

Programs announced to take place at the event will promote Northern culture and its diversity even as they reflect other parts of the country; programs ranging from Booklogue to Panel Discussions to Film Screening to Art Exhibitions, Food Tasting and lots more have been line up for participants. There also will be contemporary art exhibitions, shining light on the new direction of art and culture in Nigeria.

With the award-winning writer and cultural activist, Ms Lola Shoneyin as the creative director, Kabafest will definitely have the right colour. Ms Lola the founder of the Book Buzz foundation has organized and hosted the now renowned Ake Arts and Book Festival, a six-day program of cultural, artistic and literary events which has not only presented a platform for Nigerian artists and writers to interact but also given Africa an opportunity to showcase and spread their artistic talents of literature, fine art and performing art.

Panelists and Speakers at Ake Festival/ Via fcmb

Panelists and Speakers at Ake Festival/ Via fcmb

Registration for the KABAFEST is currently on-going (N500), participants can register HERE.

Pupils, publishers, book buyers, booksellers, cultural enthusiasts, university students and members of the general public are invited to participate in the event.