Dear book lover and writing enthusiast, if you’ve had your ears on the ground for a book festival that centers around changing the way people view the literature and art culture in the south-south region of Nigeria, then you’re in luck. The upcoming maiden edition of the IBOM International Art and Book Festival is the answer to your prayer.
Making a unique stride as the first of its kind, the IBOM International Art and Book Festival aims to clear any misrepresentation associated with the region’s culture, language, tradition, and heritage, to mention a few.
This festival is set to usher in more than 2,000 writers, poets, musicians, artists, dancers, filmmakers, actors, students, book lovers, entrepreneurs, vendors, cultural enthusiasts, and thinkers (nationally and internationally), to discuss and celebrate creativity and diversity through panel discussions, book chats, art exhibitions, workshops, book fair, vendors exchange, documentaries, exhibitions, poetry performances and concerts in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
This event also features a panel session set to happen for three days, starting on Thursday 28th of July to Sunday 31st July 2022.
Igoni Barrett, an award-winning author, will be the keynote speaker at the festival’s opening ceremony. The First Day event will revolve around celebrating the rich diversity of the Niger Delta and Global Minority Literature, Art, and Culture.
On its second day, Nadia Hashimi, an author of three international bestselling novels, a former Democratic congressional candidate for the United States House of Representatives, and an advocate for women and refugees, will be the keynote speaker. The second day will explore the urgent need for the representation of underrepresented voices and groups in mainstream literature.
To cap it all, Burns Effiom, a painter, poet, designer, performance artist, and curator, will deliver a keynote on the third day of the Ibom International Art and Book Festival. The Third Day features the Artist and Art project, spotlighting guest artists, exhibitions, Art Talks, and Artists’ Documentary Screening.
Click HERE for more information about the event and how to get your tickets.