Abantu Book Festival is an annual literary event held in Soweto, South African’s artistic heartland, featuring authors from South Africa, Africa, and the diaspora.

Abantu is the Nguni word for people, which makes this the people’s festival. Our vision is simple – We see a Soweto with a vibrant culture of reading.

Our mission is to set up a literature event that provides black writers and readers the platform and visibility they deserve. The first edition of Abantu Book Festival will be on 06 -10 December 2016, a five day experience of readings, discussions, music and other forms of storytelling folded in the mix.


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