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The Abantu Book Festival is the first of its kind and magnitude, organised under the theme – Our Stories – the festival celebrates African stories through written and spoken word, visual arts, music and film. It will explore the ways in which African stories are told, and how they inform or are informed by, our ways of being. Seeking to centre black writers and readers, the festival is a significant addition to the South African and African literary landscape that will be hosted in Soweto – the country’s artistic and cultural melting pot – 40 years after June 16, 1976.

The main venues will be the Soweto Theatre and Eyethu Lifestyle Centre where there will be hands-on workshops, film screenings, panel discussions, intimate conversations by writers and performing artists. African Flavour Books, will have African and diasporan titles on sale at the venues throughout the festival.

Date: 6 – 10 December 2016
Venue: Soweto Theatre and Eyethu Lifestyle Centre will be the main venues.

For more information about the festival and the speaker line-up visit:

Read: The inside guide to Soweto beyond Vilakazi by Niq Mhlongo, one of the guest author at the festival.

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