Festival du Livre Africain de Marrakech 24

Festival du Livre Africain de Marrakech starts February 8

Festival du Livre Africain de Marrakech 2014 runs for the second year in Marrakech, Morocco from February 8 – 11, 2024.

Festival du Livre Africain de Marrakech (English: Marrakesh African Book Festival) also known as FLAM was founded by Mahi Binebine (writer and visual artist), Fatimata Sagna (journalist), Hanane Essaydi (academic) and Younès Ajarraï (cultural entrepreneur) in 2023. It is the first continental literary festival bringing together writers from the continent, its diasporas and their descendants to be hosted in Morocco. Events in the North African city included literary cafés, interviews, book signings and readings, storytelling, poetry and cinema as well as programming for youth, educational activities, and interventions in university and school environments. The first edition had participation of around forty writers and intellectuals from 25 countries attracting more than 8000 participants and was followed by more than 20,000 people live and streaming.

The 2024 edition is bigger and better with Arabic-speaking, French-speaking, English-speaking and Portuguese speakers, coming from more than twenty countries and three continents. They include José Eduardo Agualusa, Leïla Bahsaïn, Gaëlle Bélem, Abdelkader Benali, Ali Benmakhlouf, Sophie Bessie, Siham Bouhlal, Hemley Boum, Yasmine Chami, Rafael Frumkin, Mia Couto, Teresa Cremisi, Louis-Philippe Dalembert, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Nassuf Djailani, Fanta Drama, Saad Khiari, Waciny Laredj, Khalid Lyamlahy, Touhfat Mouhtare, Wilfried N’Sondé, Christine Orban, Makenzy Orcel, Rodney Saint-Éloi, Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, Seynabou Sonko, Véronique Tadjo, Sami Tchak, Antoinette Tidjani Alou, and Alain Mabanckou. Author and Nobel Prize winner for Literature Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio will be the festival’s honorary President.

There writers, poets, philosophers, and others will take place in literary cafés, palavers, readings, stories, book signings, masterclasses, and more during the four days of the festival at the Les Etoiles Cultural Centre.

For more information on the schedule, artist profiles, and more please click here.


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