Abantu Book Festival promises to be "umgidi we ngcwadi" for black people

The inaugural Abantu Book Festival aims to create a space that allows for conversations that encourage for free expression of their lives experiences as black people in post-democratic South Africa.

Determined to create and sustain a culture of literature among black communities, co-curators and authors Thando Mgqolozana and Panashe Chigumadzi will introduce a new way of cultural production.

We were born under circumstances that require us to do more than just writing. We have to take up the activism that is required of us.

Thando Mgqolozana, Abantu Book Festival co-curator

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to him regarding what we can expect from the event we should all mark on our calendars.

In 2015, Mgqolozana raised eyebrows after swearing off attending white colonial literary festivals at his last appearance on a panel at the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

The event takes place at Eyetu Cultural Centre in Mofolo, Soweto between the 6th and the 10th of December 2016.

It is possible to imagine a new space that is not framed by notions of coloniality. That is informed by a love for black people particularly, because many people misread what I'm doing for hatred for something else.

Thando Mgqolozana, Abantu Book Festival co-curator

Listen to the interview below:


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