Fête Du Livre de Kinshasa 2024 is set to be hosted in the capital of DR Congo from February 17 – 24, 2023. The festival theme is “Women at Work.”
Fête Du Livre de Kinshasa, which English speakers would translate to the Kinshasa Book Fair, has happened in the capital of one of the richest countries on the continent since 2013. It is organized by the Pôle Eunic-RDC under the coordination of the French Institute in Kinshasa. It has hosted some of the leading names in African writing and beyond with guests like Wilfried N’sondé, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Max Lobe, Yasmina Khadra, Djali Amadou Amal, Ange Kasongo, and Gauz.
For 2024, the theme is “Les femmes à l’œuvre” (English: Women at work) and those who attend can expect to experience panels, debates, roundtables, lectures, literary workshops, children’s day, book presentations, and book signing sessions. Guests from the host DR Congo and others like the Republic of Congo, Haiti, Morocco, and others are expected. Some of these will be Yanick Lahens, Djo Ngeleka, Elodie Ngalaka, Nelly Tshela Mutay, Emmanuel Mabondo, Kouam Tawa, Rim Battal, Fann Attiki, Bibiche Tankama, among others.
Following a tradition set in previous years, we can expect the announcement of the winner of Prix Makomi 2023 a literary prize created in 2017 by the European Union National Institutes for Culture. Handed out in poetry, for a novel, as well as in theatre, it is organized annually with the support of the Delegation of the European Union in the DR Congo.
To keep up with happenings in Kinshasa, please follow their festival Facebook page.
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