The Abuja Literary and Arts Festival (ALitFest21), presented by the Abuja Literary Society (ALS), is set to take place from 25 September to 2 October, 2021.
The ALitFest is an annual celebration of the arts and literature from across the country and the continent.
Panelists have included Helon Habila, Edwige Dro, Sawad Hussain, Dike Chukwumerije, Kola Tubosun, Tsitsi Dangaremgba, Toni Kan, Dapo Olorunyomi, Chika Oduah, Segun Adeniyi, Ayodele Olofintuade, Chuma Nwokolo, Chris Ngwodo, Abdulkareem Baba Aminu, Editi Effiong, T.J. Benson, Eketi Edima Ette, Osasu Igbinedion, Tunde Leye, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Esther Mirembe, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Layla Ali Othman, Odafe Atogun, Edify Yakusak, and Bash Amuneni.
Now in its fourth year, ALitFest has become a landmark of Abuja’s cultural scene. The 2018 theme was “Nigeria to the World”; 2019: “Arts and Social Consciousness”; and 2020: ”The Art of Empathy.”
The theme this year is “Making Art Work.” We invite speakers and attendees to explore tools, systems, and institutions that will help creatives generate sustainable livelihoods from their art while using it to promotes community values.
Festival Director Teniola Tayo said, “We would like to take things a step beyond conversations, so the idea behind this theme is to programme the festival around finding solutions to the challenges facing the literary space in Nigeria and in Africa.”